Ryan Cook & The Valley Singers
Lowered Expectations Demo – 2014
In 2014 I recorded this demo, intended to become a full length Ryan Cook album titled Lowered Expectations. This recording was engineered by Ken Friesen at his studio in Almonte, Ontario. I had never intently listened to The Beach Boys until hearing a CBC Q interview with Brian Wilson in 2011. I got a bit lost in their music for most of 2014 and wasn’t able to write a song, or hook without hearing Four Freshmen style harmonies on top of everything. I did some rural touring with different variations of a Valley Singer live show but I don’t think any of that touring lived up to my original ideas recorded on these demos. The song Four Speed Toyota was an intentional homage to Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. The demos feature Kelly Sloan, Kelly Prescott, and Anders Drerup as harmony singers.
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