After making two records with the critically acclaimed, record-company-hexed the dB’s, Chris Stamey issued It’s a Wonderful Life, his first solo work, in 1983. Two more records followed in quick succession, but his solo pace began to slow as he concentrated more on production.

By the time he issued Travels in the South in 2004, more than a decade had passed between Stamey’s pop albums. The newly released Euphoria, a rocker, is his second album in two years—a newly prolific clip for him.

What better place to take in the new tracks than in the control room of the studio where it was recorded? With cups of coffee, two high-strung but endearing pooches and a Wurlitzer A200 electric piano, we navigated the passageways of Euphoria’s songs.