Photos by Heather Kaplan and Philip Cosores
Liz Phair is an alt-rock icon, but much of the listening public may have forgotten that after her 2010 self-released oddity, Funstyle/Girlysound. That effort was a collection of sonic experimentations that actually lost her a record deal. Before that, her last true label release was 2005’s Somebody’s Miracle. Now, after all that time, she’s finally back recording a new album in a real studio — and it’s one hell of a studio.
Phair has joined Ryan Adams in his PaxAM Studio to begin work on a brand new double album. Let’s recap: Liz Phair, Ryan Adams, double album. Oh, and producer Don Was is sitting in on the process, too. Yas.
As revealed on Adams’ Twitter, sessions began on Thursday, January 12th and they canned five tracks within the first day. Adams said they’re using an “all analog” process and that it’s bringing Phair “back to those sounds & that rawness I first heard on Exile [in Guyville].” See the photo evidence below.
Considering the pair just entered the studio together yesterday, it’ll likely be some time before we hear the fruits of their labors. Meanwhile, Adams’ latest solo effort, Prisoner, is due out February 17th.