Curtis Godino Presents The Midnight Wishers share “He Loves Me Not,” the second single off their forthcoming self-titled LP, due February 11, 2022 via Shimmy-Disc/Joyful Noise Recordings.
Curtis Godino on “He Loves Me Not:”
“He Loves Me Not” is the album’s most decisive foray beyond the girl-group formula.” Lyrics inspired by the lovelorn flower-picking game are supported by piano, mellotron, woodwinds and backward tracks plucked directly from the British Invasion.” He describes it as “a song with a fall feeling.”
Chief among those friends are The Midnight Wishers: lead vocalist Jin Lee, and backing singers Rachel Herman and Jessica McFarland, all of whom Godino recruited for the project. Lee also contributed lyrics, which she tends to recite as often as she sings in a dreamy, earnest voice.
Godino built the wall of sound almost entirely by himself, recording on his eight-track tape machine during the pandemic shutdown. Starting with drum tracks from Andrew Max and Adam Amram, he would add picked bass guitar in the style of L.A. studio legend Carol Kaye, then go bonkers with fuzzy guitars, Farfisa organ, mellotron, analog synthesizers, glockenspiel, an arsenal of other percussion instruments and an array of mysterious electronic effects.
To fully realize the vision, however, Godino knew he needed more firepower. The Wishers’ multilayered harmonies and other vocal tracks were recorded and engineered by his roommate, Paul Millar, at Millar’s Bug Sound East studio.
Curtis Godino Presents The Midnight Wishers
Shimmy-Disc/Joyful Noise Recordings
1. Always Waiting
2. Show Me That You Care
3. I Hate To See You Leave
4. I’ve Got The Key
5. No Place Like Home
7. I Want To Be The Monkey On Your Back
9. He Loves Me Not
10. I’ll Be Wishin