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LISTEN: Mamma’s Marmalade, “Dirty Work” (Steely Dan Cover)

May 25, 2022

LISTEN: Mamma's Marmalade,

Artist: Mamma’s Marmalade
Hometown: Worcester, Massachusetts
Song: “Dirty Work”
Album: Fakin’ It: Covers Deserving of Coverage
Release Date: September 16, 2022

In Their Words: “We chose Steely Dan as an artist to explore because they changed pop-rock music so much. They were pioneers of songcraft on par with the Beatles and Bill Monroe, and as musicians that strive to innovate within our genre, we were excited to see how our sound would mix with the writing of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. This was our first opportunity to bring drums into our sound and Karl Helander knocked it out in about two takes. He has incredible sensitivity and groove, which is essential to working with stringed instruments. Eli Salus-Kleiner put the finishing touches on with the Wurlitzer (because you have to have Wurli on this track; non-negotiable!), and our engineer Andy Cass stepped in to guest on bass. The whole experience was very relaxed, letting the arrangement unfold organically in the live room. Mitch’s vocal performance captured that ’70s approach really well; gentle, expressive and melodic. Listeners can probably hear how much fun we were having while making this one.” — Lily Sexton, Mamma’s Marmalade


Photo Credit: Jamie Gouger

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