As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide is the group’s fifth album, and it was recorded amidst a period of turnover. Following the success of 2013’s hawaiii, which spawned the Canadian rock/alternative number 1 hit “I Love You,” the band went from five members to three, and entered the studio with no preconceptions and no concrete plan.
Recording took place in various Vancouver studios, with We Are The City’s Cayne McKenzie serving as producer and helping to guide the record’s organic synth textures and unpredictable structures. Arrangements were chopped up until they became unrecognizable from their original form, scratch vocals were soaked in effects and used in the final mixes, and assorted song fragments were gutted and stitched together.
And yet, regardless of the piecemeal recording process, the result is the most focused album of Said The Whale’s career to date. The guitar strums that once formed the basis of the band’s music are almost completely absent, now replaced by thick bass grooves and shimmering electronic tones. “This is the most cohesive record we’ve ever made, between my songs and Ben’s songs,” Tyler says. “Musically, there was more collaboration than ever before.”