Long-Distance Collaboration Builds Bobby Halvorson ‘Parasympathy’

[Cover photo credit to Rozette Rago]

Sacramento-based singer-songwriter Bobby Halvorson has released new album Parasympathy via George Records. The album features singles “Nothing Feels Like Home” and “Function.”

Parasympathy was recorded in Bobby’s home studio both in Los Angeles and Sacramento. From his band Brother, Sister, Halvorson enlisted drummer Soichiro Tanabe, violinist Benjamin Fordham, vocalist Heather Ogilvy O’Malley, and bassist Kiefo Nilsson.

Due to pandemic restrictions, many musicians had to build home-recording setups to offer their services to producers in need. String players Henna Chou and Christabel Lin sent their recorded strings all the way over from Austin, TX. Liza Wallace played and co-arranged harp on “My Love” and Joe Berry and Taylor Plenn added saxophones, all self-recorded and sent to Halvorson for mixing. As a final step, Halvorson worked with his go-to mixing engineer Daniel Eaton at Little Castle Mastering to put the final touches on the album. 

Bobby Halvorson has spent over a decade in the Los Angeles music scene playing shows with his art rock band Brother, Sister. With a doctorate in music composition and an in depth knowledge of orchestration, Halvorson has worked as an arranger for many artists including Sondre Lerche, Tim Heidecker, Inara George, and Morgxn.

Halvorson has worked closely with Van Dyke Parks as a recording artist and arranging assistant and has Produced, musical directed and performed in several live renditions of Harry Nilsson’s The Point working alongside Harry’s son Kiefo.

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