Life Gets Strange is the newest six-song EP by indie pop singer-songwriter, Cliff Hillis. This happy and uplifting EP is available on streaming services Spotify and Soundcloud, with the first single “Let’s Pretend” on YouTube.
“This is the fourth EP I’ve released, I decided it’s a much easier format to digest in such a short attention-span world, and it allows me to get music out quicker than recording a full album at a time,” says Hillis about the format of this EP. “I had to get fairly creative with social distanced recording. A number of the drum tracks were recorded in my garage (which, as it turns out, sound good!)
“My friend and bandmate in The Orchestra, Louis Clark Jr., recorded cello for the song ‘Seven Sisters’ in his UK flat and sent me digital tracks, long-time bandmate and co-producer, Greg Maragos sent numerous files he recorded at home, and we spent some Zoom sessions discussing the tracks and mixes, as well as countless emails and texts,” Hillis added about the process.
All songs on Life Gets Strange were written by Cliff Hillis except “Let’s Pretend” (written with Rhett Miller – Old 97’s), “Good Problems” (written with Kelley Ryan), and “Seven Sisters” (written with Kevin J. Killen). The EP was produced by Cliff Hillis and Greg Maragos, and was recorded and mixed by Cliff Hillis at The Hacienda. Additional recording by Greg Maragos at GPM Studios and Ritchie Rubini at Studio 825. It was mastered by Steve Turnidge at UltraViolet Studios, Seattle, WA.
Cliff Hillis is an award-winning songwriter, singer and producer. Hillis has a solid reputation as a highly sought-after multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and studio whiz. His previous releases have been praised by USA Today and The LA Times.