Ellorie McKnight “Trivial” – Somber sounds from the Yukon

Ellorie McKnight
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There are somber sounds from the Yukon on Ellorie McKnight’s new single ‘Trivial’.  Recorded in front of a live audience on a warm night last March, this is the first single from her new EP ‘Equinox’.  McKnight is joined by Brigitte Desjardins on drums, Jeff Dineley on bass, Ryan McNally on pedal steel and backing vocals and Kieran Poile on fiddle.   The interplay between steel guitar and fiddle is especially poignant on this track.

McKnight describes the experience of recording a live take of the song, “I knew this was higher risk, and I also knew there would likely be imperfections in the recording, but the magic of a live performance recording outweighed any imperfections,” she says. “There is a sound that comes from a live show with a band playing together in front of an audience, that you lose when you record track-by-track. I don’t think either way of doing it is better than the other, I think it’s just a question of style and preference. For me, the priority was to capture the fleeting moment of magic.” 

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Ed Donnelly is a multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and record producer from Los Angeles. He has worked with Willie Nelson, Crowded House, Marc Cohn, Jools Holland, Matchbox Twenty, The Cult, BoyHaunt, Gladys Knight, Trent Summar and The West Coast Mob, Smashing Pumpkins, Del McCoury, OK Go, Exodus, Molly Leach, Tom Morello, O.A.R., Madness, The Crystal Method, DrunkHungry, Deadmau5, Zac Brown, CrysP Tyger, Bighead Todd and the Monsters, Jake Shimabukuro, Barenaked Ladies, Tsar, Killola and more. Donnelly regularly performs with Nathan Jacques as well as Little Silver Hearts and records with GhostsDream. Little known fact: He previously held Top Secret Security Clearance with the U.S. Department of State and Q Clearance from the Department of Energy. He currently runs The Barber’s Basement Recording Studio in Highland Park and is a partner in The Atmos at Lemontree Studio.
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