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Under the Blue Lights

by The Animals at Night

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Silver Skies 01:48
Pixels Fade 01:19


Over the past year or so, I’ve been obsessed with the Teenage Engineering OP-1, new Akai MPC series, and interfacing them with my guitar effects and modular setup, via audio, MIDI and CV. I regularly take the OP-1 and MPC Live to bed with me, learning and creating a bit on headphones while winding down.

This EP is dedicated to our dog, Stella, who passed away last year. At the end of her life, for whatever reason, she preferred to sleep in the T.V. room in our house, instead of her usual space in our bedroom. So I would lay next to her, under the light of the T.V., and write songs on my portable synths with headphones until we both fell asleep.

Under the Blue Lights is kind of a best-of from those nights- It was recorded entirely on my Teenage Engineering OP1 portable synthesizer. The 4 tracks of each song were mixed that night, on the spot, using the “Album” feature. Those mixes were later edited and mastered.

This collection of songs is angular, sparse, otherworldly and hypnotic. It captures a feeling of hope entangled in unease and anxiety that defined this time for me. I hope it resonates with you as well. Thank you for listening.


released January 21, 2022

Written, recorded and mastered by Graig Markel.


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The Animals at Night Seattle, Washington

The Animals at Night is the project of multi-instrumentalist, producer, and electronic instrument designer Graig Markel.


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