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Artists on Recording Techniques by Jeff Touzeau

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3. Nada Surf: Beautiful Beats in Brooklyn

Nada Surf’s latest album, Lucky, plays to the alt-rock trio’s greatest strengths: It is complete with infectious pop ballads (“Beautiful Beat”), vulnerable mood pieces (“Are You Lightning?”), and songs with soaring overtones and guitars that hearken back to their formative indie days (“Whose Authority”). I spoke with lead singer and principal writer Matthew Caws to talk about the building blocks of Lucky and found that raw talent and a sensible approach to the recording had much more to do with the successful outcome of the record than simply luck.

Nada Surf’s Lucky, released February 2008.

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