Cliff Hines’s debut album Like Mystics of Old features vocalist Sasha Masakowski, EWI/sax player Khris Royal, bassist Martin Masakowski, and drummer Paul Thibodeaux. The album is diverse in genre, from pop songs (“What Choice Do I Have”), electronic dreamscapes (“Pastels”), New Orleans second-line (“The Pacifier”), world music (“Like Mystics of Old”), to heavy rock (“Dance of the Cleyrans”). It also features lots of different instrumentation, but all of the instruments were performed by the 5 band members. Martin doubled on bass clarinet and bass recorder, Cliff and Khris both performed keyboard parts, and Paul added layers of percussion. In addition, Sasha wrote the lyrics to the song “Tippy Toes”. All of the songs are original pieces by Cliff except for the title track “Like Mystics of Old”, composed by Cliff’s late teacher Alvin Batiste. The album was Produced by Cliff Hines aided by Studio Engineer Tim Stambaugh (Word of Mouth Studios, New Orleans), Overdub Engineer Ian Painter, Mixer/Masterer Ed Petersen, and Session Producer James Westfall.
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