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AIRIE welcomes Costa Rican-born, Paris-based musician Mr. Kowalsky, as he presents his fourth album, ‘Everybody Nice’. Recorded in Los Angeles, Boston, Paris, and Kingston, Jamaica, the album features guest musicians such as Greg Lee (Hepcat), Vin Gordon (Skatalites, Wailers, Studio One session musician), Jamaica’s Jamila Falak, and Boston’s The Doped Up Dollies. Mr. Kowalsky said of the guest musicians: “I’m so thankful to all of them for giving my songs their own very special and unique feeling – Greg and his characteristic deep voice is the special hot sauce in ‘California to Kingston’; Vin and his magical trombone gave ‘Jack’s Hill’ the vintage sound of the 60’s that I was looking for; Jamila was a great surprise, and with her powerful voice she is the sweet complement ‘Breda Killing Breda’ needed; and The Doped up Dollies gave just the right chorus and beautiful vocal textures to ‘Rude Boys and Girls.’ It was spectacular to work with them!”
The album took four years from first demos to completed masters and involved other creative team members from the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica to LA to Germany.
Release Date: May 14, 2021
“Going to studios and coordinating with musicians in different countries was a great experience, but a logistical challenge,” said Mr. Kowalsky, “and I’m sure that without the mystical vibes and the alignment of the planets on our side, it would have never happened! I give thanks to the amazing crew of engineers, musicians, and friends who helped me realize this new album. I’m more than happy about the resulting record and what we have achieved.”
In 2019 and early 2020, Mr. Kowalsky released the album’s first three singles and music videos: ‘California to Kingston’, ‘Palmera’, and ‘Jack’s Hill’.