Mike Sempert is best known for his work as the songwriter and frontman of the Bay Area band Birds & Batteries. After years of recording and touring, Sempert decided to take a break from the band,Read More
Mike Sempert is a songwriter/ composer/ producer best known as the band leader and singer for Birds & Batteries. After many years of making albums and touring the country with B&B, Mike took a break from the indie rock hustle to focus on other aspects of his life. He got a dog, moved to LA, and married his longtime love. Inevitably, a bunch of songs came together, many of them centered around these changes and the questions creative people often face as they stare into the oblivion of adulthood.
And so comes Mid Dream, an album comprised of personal songs presented in hifi on both an intimate and epic scale. Unobscured by excessive reverb or distortion, Sempert’s voice and words are laid bare for all to see, a humble but bold offering.While Mike went in a synthier direction with Birds & Batteries (eg. their 2012 LP Stray Light), he was quietly building up the stack of songs that would become Mid Dream. This new music called for a more organic treatment- exposed vocals, live drums, acoustic and electric guitars, wurlitzer and rhodes. Some songs include flourishes of orchestration, background vocals by some of the Bay Area’s finest singers and pedal steel guitar. Others are stripped down. The production and songwriting style is influenced by the classic studio music of the 1970s- albums by Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Fleetwood Mac, The Band and Tom Petty.
The result is honest, gentle and stiking with plenty of sunshine amidst the fog and sea spray. Sempert called on his bandmates Colin Fahrner and Jill Heinke to contribute drums and bass respectively, as well as a cast of tremendous musicians from the Oakland music community including- Sonya Cotton, Kacey Johansing, Emily Ritz, Anton and Lewis Patzner, Andy Strain, Andrew Maguire, Nick Aives and Ezra Lipp. Central to this album-making process was the friendship and guidance of songwriter/ engineer Blake Henderson of Taughtme. Dreams are songs unwritten and we all dream of building a life. Mid Dream is a meditation on love and commitment, art and growing up; the discovery of an intersection between two dreams. It comes out on Velvet Blue Music, May 6th, 2014.