Petrichor

February 7, 2017 4:26 PM

So this is another song, audio is taken directly from the youtube video here. This is a live performance, did a session in the lighting hire and install company I work for over the weekend. This video forms part of a competition entry for our band.

The song is relatively old - been playing it for around a year, and arguably variations on the bass line for the best part of 10. This is me on bass and singing, my brother on guitar, who is also on Metafilter, (he can comment if he wants to) and Magnus playing the silent anchor on synth, drums, audio interface etc etc.

Also thanks to Brendan, Emma, Emily, Dav, Christina, Anna for the space, support, set up, lending of kit, lighting desk operation, live video hand shots, strobe control, shooting us (uncomfortable ladders for them, uncomfortable close-ups for us) - we called in a lot of favours!

Anyway, Petrichor:

With your cheeks after tears,
You got pavements after rain,
Whether floods or sadness,
Can't wait for the change...

For a change....
etc

With your five fingers closed,
A map of Michigan,
The great lakes, the glove state, where your knuckles are.
With your five fingers spread you've got King's Cross going East,
York Way, Pentonville, then the city.

For a change,
etc
And we might as well stay the same...

Loud noises.

posted by multivalent (6 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I'm very very happy to see this.

Also, the way you said "map of" in "map of Michigan" sounds like "with a poof" to us people from Michigan.
posted by nímwunnan at 9:31 PM on February 7


Dang, this is a great recording straight off a live performance. Cool video too!
posted by greenish at 8:48 AM on February 8


Hah, thank you both :)
Nim, I owe you an email. x
posted by multivalent at 5:05 PM on February 8


Very cool! I love the textures in the wall of guitars at the end.
posted by saulgoodman at 7:08 AM on February 9


I had to look up "petrichor," thinking it may have been the name of a town in Michigan. What a great word! I also loved the guitar part on the "For a change..." part – the alternating eighth note intervals, and the alternating intervals themselves. Then a little slab of noise butter on top, and there you have a nice plaintive but hopeful-sounding song. Nice!
posted by not_on_display at 9:33 PM on February 10


The song is wonderful (I think the lyrics are especially beautiful), but your shadow in the video really seals the deal.
posted by Corduroy at 11:06 PM on February 10 [1 favorite]


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