His home studio is a minimalist's dream— lime-green walls comfort a sparse set-up in a side bedroom: an SM 57 microphone anchors the space, surrounded by a Roland SH-101 and SH-201, and what Rozen calls his "secret weapon," a Space Echo RE-101. He laughs as he describes "the deficiency of my programs, all 10 years old or older," like his Sonic Foundry ACID software, which he admits is "totally antiquated." While he added pieces like marimba, glockenspiel, and kalimba to the album, he had additional help from Sarah Boucher's flute, Eve Amendola's violin, and backing vocals by Chris North, Andy Gary, and Jon Misarski.
Seven of Owlpine's songs feature the angelic, feathery vocals of Eleni Castro, including the record's standout track, upbeat synth stargazer "Wounded Animal."
"With Jason's music, I just felt an immediate attachment," Castro says. "It's exciting to see how one idea from one person can expand once you introduce other people into it." Adds Rozen: "A lot of people who bring in contributors know what they want, but I had no idea."
And he had never intended on playing the songs in a live setting. Wednesday's gig will be the first — and likely the last — performance by the collective, and possibly Rozen as well. "I've never played a show in my life," he says. "I'm terrified. Seer Group for me was just about having fun. I thought maybe a few friends would hear it, and that would be it."
SEER GROUP + THE DECENT LOVERS + STREIGHT ANGULAR + WOODROW WILSONS| Middle East, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge| June 6 @ 8 pm | 18+ | $9 | 617.864.3278 or mideastclub.com