With elements of indie rock, pop, and hip hop production, Legend Recognize Legend is one of Doomtree's most ambitious projects to date. Beak played, sang, or arranged almost every note on the record for a full sound bolstered by layers of live strings, horns, drum breaks, and earnest vocals.
94/100 — Reviler
4/5 — Potholes in My Blog
“The dazzlingly ambitious Legend Recognize Legend is a formidable fusion of giddy synthetic Euro-pop, confessional ambient balladry, and the occasional block-rockin' beat…landing in a surprisingly sweet and melodic middle ground so effortlessly that genre distinctions are the last thing on the listener's mind.”
“Applies hip-hop's recording methods to the production of lush indie soul.”
“One of Minnesota's most prominent young hip-hop producers… Where some artists try to approach R&B from a grounding in indie pop, Lazerbeak appears to be taking the opposite route, and even the lightest, most subdued moments here ("Let It Go"; "Pearly Gates") have some real rhythmic snap behind them.”
“If he gets tired of being behind the scenes in underground rap, Legends is a great first step towards a career as an indie-pop star.”
released September 29, 2010
All songs written and produced by Lazerbeak for Legend Recognize Legend (ASCAP)
Viola: Erica Burton
French Horn: Mark Billingsley
Trombone: Scott Agster
Trumpet: Kyle Borchert
Timpani/Crash: Matt Scharenbroich
Rhodes: DeVon Gray
Pedal Steel: Jeff Marcovis
Additional Vocals: Joe Mabbott, Dessa, P.O.S. & A Gang of Ultimate Homies
Brittany Mader sings on "Salt and Sea"
Dessa sings on "Bound"
Recorded, mixed and so much more by Joe Mabbott at The Hideaway - Minneapolis, MN
Mastered by Bruce Templeton at Magneto Mastering
Executively produced by The Dream Team (Beak, Dessa, P.O.S.)
Artwork & hand drwn lettering by Matt Scharenbroich (mattscharenbroich.com
Design & Layout by Desk-2 (www.desk-2.com
To my incredible family and friends, for filling my world with all the joy this life allows.
In loving memory of the one and only Harvey "Guts" Mader
Doomtree til the very end.