Timeline by Mild High Club is one of those albums that makes you forget which decade you’re in, and like you’re melting into a shag carpet. Those are both compliments, in case it wasn’t clear.
Alexander Brettin, the man behind Mild High Club, is an LA-based musician who recorded the album with a Fostex 4-track cassette recorder, MacBook, 12-string electric guitar, PortaSound keyboard, bass, drum machine, software instruments “and whatever was lying around,”.
Brettin was in town to play tracks from the album during this year’s CMJ, part of a 20+ date tour, but did us the honor of a quick chat after his October 17th set at Pianos.
I’ve never done an interview while sitting on the sidewalk before. Do you do that often?
AB: No, I don’t do too many interviews.
Well, I appreciate you talking with me. You’re in the midst of a really long tour right now, and you’re going to the UK next week. Are you looking forward to it, or are you fried?
AB: I’m totally looking forward to it. I couldn’t be more excited. I wish I had 30 hours in the day so I could sleep a little more, but I’m totally excited.
When I first heard your album, I thought you might be English because of how psychedelic it sounds. Do you get that a lot?
AB: No, I definitely listen to the Beatles way too much, though, so they’ve probably rolled off my tongue at times.
You also get compared to Mac DeMarco a lot, and you’ve performed with him as well. How do you feel about that comparison?
AB: Mac is a friend of mine, I think he’s a great songwriter and a fantastic dude. If the comparison is menacing by any standard, I think people are missing the point of why we make music in the first place. I take it as a compliment, the dude’s great. I get compared to everyone and their mother, so there’s nothing you can really do about critics. I think people run out of words to describe stuff, and then it’s easy to just say, “Oh, that sounds like David Bowie, or the Beach Boys, or Mac DeMarco, or Tame Impala, or Connan Mockasin.” I’ve gotten them all, and those are all great songwriters. I’m flattered.
Is this your first CMJ?
AB: Yes it is.
How is it going so far? I know you’ve done a number of shows as part of CMJ already, and you have another one tonight.
AB: It’s great. It’s fun to play music, and get out there, and do it.
Has anything happened during your shows this week that has stood out to you?
AB: A baby stood up at one of the shows and yelled at me, and that was cool. That was at the Knitting Factory. There was just a baby in a stroller, and I guess he liked it. He got up and hollered at us, and it was cute.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
AB: I have a couple tricks up my sleeve, I can’t say what. I never stop working, that’s for sure.
Can you give us a hint?
AB: It’s gonna be something musical, that’s all I’ll say. I won’t divulge too much.