Pure country from the heart
Album

Levelland

Artist

Bonnie & Taylor Sims

Pure country from the heart

Bonnie & Taylor Sims' new Octave Records release, Levelland, is an answer to countless fan requests for a pure acoustic duo project. What better way to capture these amazing talents than in pure DSD with an Octave Records recording masterpiece. In this new Octave release, the music of Bonnie & Taylor Sims shines through with a purity and honesty that reaches right into one’s soul. With over 130 million streams of their hit song, I See Red, featured in the Netflix film 365Days, their recognition soared as they charted on Billboard, Rolling Stone and signed with Columbia Records. Levelland is their first acoustic duo release and is available exclusively on Octave Records.

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About

Bonnie & Taylor Sims

Bonnie & Taylor Sims aren’t strangers to the recording studio, from ‘Spring Creek’ and ‘Bonnie & the Clydes’ to their new viral sensation, Everybody Loves An Outlaw, they have an extensive discography between the two artists with 112 million streams to their credit. Bonnie Sims plays mandolin and carries on the musical tradition of her father, a life long Texas banjo playing legend and songwriter. Taylor Sims plays flat-top guitar and is an award-winning songwriter and recording artist from the wide open spaces of West Texas. The two met while attending South Plains College in 2005 where they began their life of love and music. When they are not playing as the duo, they front a country/rock band called Bonnie & Taylor Sims Band. With 4 critically acclaimed albums and multiple awards they continue to write, perform and produce real Americana music that is truly their own.

The Music

Liza
Jesus On The Corner
Texas Again
If I Needed You
Side By Side
Sleep
Let It Play
Levelland
Every Little Bit
Rifle My Pony And Me

The Recording

The original recording was brilliantly captured by Octave Records' engineer and world-famous mastering engineer, Gus Skinas at Animal Lane Studios in Lyons, Colorado. All of the tracks were recorded live in pure DSD on the Sonoma Multi-track recording system.
Recorded to the Sonoma DSD Recorder directly from Fred Forssell SMP-2B Microphone Preamplifiers
AKG C24 modified with Baron Timothy de Paravicini electronics
Sony C100 Microphones
GML8900 Mastering Compress
Millennia NSEQ-2 with Fred Forssell modification
Mixed DSD Wide in Sonoma
Instruments: 2015 Newsom F5 Mandolin 1946 Martin D-18 1990 Martin J40-M 1957 Martin 000-18 1910 French bass, maker unknown, spruce top, maple sides and back
Tracks 1-2, 5-7 written by Bonnie & Taylor Sims
Track 3 written by Townes Van Zandt
Track 8 written by James McMurtry
Track 9 written by Patty Griffin
Track 10 written by Dimitri Tiomkin & Paul Francis Weber

Album Features

  • One pressing Austrian gold-pressed dual-layer SACD
  • Pure DSD + PROMastered CD layers
  • DVD data disc containing DSD64, DSDDirect Mastered 192kHz 24 bit, 96kHz 24 bit, 44.1kHz 16 bit PCM
  • Pure DSD recorded on the Sonoma DSD system
  • Mixed in analog on Octave Record's Studer analog console
  • DSD64, DSDDirect Mastered 192kHz 24 bit, 96kHz 24 bit, 44.1kHz 16 bit PCM download
  • No compression in the mastering or mixing process
  • CD layer of SACD playable on any CD player
  • Mastering monitored through the PS Audio DirectStream DAC
  • All tracks hand-curated on the Infinity IRSV in PS Audio's Music Room Two
  • Limited edition one-pressing physical media

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About Octave Records

Bringing life to music

Octave Records™ is dedicated to offering the highest-quality life-like stereo recordings in high-resolution formats including pure DSD and high resolution PCM to 352.8kHz. Located in Boulder, Colorado, Octave has built one of the industry’s most technologically advanced DSD recording facilities based around the state-of-the-art Pyramix DSD recording, mixing, and mastering system.

At Octave, we respect musicians by paying them fairly. Octave Records covers 100% of all studio, mixing, mastering, production, distribution, and marketing expenses so that artists may have the opportunity to bring their music and magic to the world in the highest fidelity possible while retaining ownership of their music.

At Octave, it’s all about bringing life to the music.

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