Liminal is the musical moniker of my good friend Tom Crouch. I have been honored to partner with Tom as he has explored his art over the last two years. So thankful to have a front row seat on this journey, watching him grow as a writer and an artist.
COIN and I have been working with for about 4 years now. We met just as I was graduating from Belmont and I ended up mixing an EP for them. "Malibu" was the last track of that EP. 4 years later, Chase, singer and synth extraordinaire, approached me about giving new life to this track for the new COIN album coming later this year. Needless to say, I was very stoked to dive back into this tune.
The first mix of "Malibu" from the EP was quintessential "indie". I used a lot of spring/amp reverbs on both the drums and the vocals and everything ended up washy and space-y. It was nice, for 2013. However, this time around, I decided to take the mix in a different direction. I wanted everything super tight. Basically, I tried to put the song in a completely opposite sonic world. I gated the electronic drums, left Chase's vocals really exposed in the verses, and refrained from heavy reverb or re-amping. It really helped me get into a new headspace with the song and I'm so stoked on the final result.
For the new version I added some "piano" chugs on the instrumental sections. I also added a fair amount of SFX to the outro section including ocean waves, seagulls, and a voice memo from my birthday party about 4 years ago. My goal was to emphasize the nostalgia factor of the song. It's a nostalgic lyrical story. It's nostalgic to be reliving a song that was a part of my world 4 years ago. It still feels very nostalgic after hearing it a few hundred times. That's success for me. Hope you enjoy the song!