Americana Highways presents this video premiere of Jon Ladeau & Mayteana Morales’ song “Time Capsules,” the title track from their forthcoming EP due out on April 2.
“Time Capsules” on the EP was engineered by Justin Kimmel and Sam Merrick; mixed by Jesse Lauter and mastered by Alan Silverman. The song is Mayteana Morales on lead vocals (ex-Pimps of Joytime); Jon LaDeau on guitar and backing vocals; Justin Kimmel (Antibalas, Toubab Krewe) on bass; Sam Merrick (Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones) on drums; and Justin LaDeau on piano.
In the video, you’ll hear Mayteana Morales on vocals and Jon LaDeau on guitar and vocals. This pretty song of struggle and regrets will send chills up and down your spine. Super wow.
“Time Capsules” was written from the perspective of one person speaking to another, lamenting hard-to-make decisions at a fork in the road. A lot of times writing, I’m hearing someone specifically to help put the feeling of the song across. It never even crossed my mind that anyone but Mayteana could be the singer for the recording of this. I moved to NYC in 2007 and pretty much immediately met everyone involved in this recording at the Monday night Rose Live Music Sessions. The song speaks to times gone by and although Rose is only in our memories, the friendships formed there have endured and have become an important part of my musical family that I continue to collaborate with and be inspired by. Speaking of family, the album version of this song is extra special to me because it includes my brother Justin on piano. We’ve been writing, recording, and playing in bands together since we were very young and there’s just no replacement for that energy in the music.
In getting to the heart of the song, Mayteana and I decided to record a stripped down version as a duet. Lyrically, it’s mostly a monologue, aside from the sections where I sing harmony to mirror shared sentiments. We wanted the video to let the raw feeling of the song speak for itself so we just recorded a live take with no editing, same as the full band recording that turned out to be the title track of the new EP (out April 2). It felt great to get together with Mayteana and capture another side of this song. — Jon LaDeau
Order here: https://jonladeau.bandcamp.com (digital EP)