On the heels of their groundbreaking Mint debut, P:ano took a hard left in creating their followup mini-album Ghost Pirates Without Heads. With its lush, layered, and complex production and varied, unconventional instrumentation, Brigadoon garnered repeated (and well justified, we think) comparisons to Brian Wilson's opus Smile. Never ones to be stuck in a rut, (even a magnificent rut) the gang returned to Hive Studios one morning armed only with a ukelele, accordion, bass clarinet & a box of percussion instruments and recorded & mixed 11 stripped-down, near-perfect pop nuggets in time to be home for supper.
While the recordings are technically very different, immediately noticeable were the beautiful harmonies, the clever arrangements, and plenty of the wry, quirky wit that we all so loved from Brigadoon, as well as their previous releases When it's Dark and its Summer and The Den. Perfect, quirky, Bacharach-like, lovely, melancholy, poignant, joyful: these were but a few of the most oft-used adjectives reviewers brought to bear in describing Brigadoon, and they fully applied to Ghost Pirates Without Heads as well.
released November 15, 2005
Recorded by Colin Stewart at the Hive Studio.
Written by Nick Krgovich.
Performed by Julia Chirka, Justin Kellam, Nick Krgovich & Larissa Loyva.
Design by Jack Duckworth.
Cover art by Ken Gerrard.
Mastered by Jamie Sitar at Suite Sound Labs.