May 11, 2009 2:56 PM

we wrote this song at our space a week or so ago.

a song about really loud neighbors, becoming an entity of destruction, that sort of thing. lyrics and drums by neil, melodies and guitars by me. i was inspired by Bach for the the guitar lines. it has a bit of a weird beat, but still is 4/4 time.. let me know what you think!

posted by dobie (8 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

This is SOLID! I love how it rolls like a dirge, but feels rockin' at the same time. Great stuff!
posted by snsranch at 5:27 PM on May 11, 2009

I reaaaaally like that bass line. It reminds me of Tony Levin, but nothing else in the song sounds like King Crimson or Peter Gabriel so it has that very particular sound in a new context. Very cool. I like the sort of waviness in the voice. I also think, if this is still a work in progress that in that chorus that comes in at 0:50 you could add some chococatesque oooooooohs and aaaaaaaaaaaaaahs to enhance the contrast between that part and the rest. But that's just an idea, the song is really nice as it is. Say congratulations to neil as well.
posted by micayetoca at 10:44 AM on May 12, 2009

You're making interesting music. I am still listening to "Boots of Righteous Defense" with the aim of giving you some feedback, but I find that the stuff you're making requires some processing time on my part. In this song, I like the dirty organ sound, the dirty beat, and the vocals that seem kind of violently forced out of your throat at times. Something about the style of your production, to me, is either really brilliant or just short of functional, and I can't quite make up my mind which it is. I'll keep chewing on it though. Thanks for posting your inventive tracks.
posted by edlundart at 7:38 PM on May 12, 2009

Hah. Somehow I assumed this was you singing and that you had discovered this very different way for you to sing, but I guess it's Neil on vocals, huh? Either way, it's an intriguing voice.
posted by edlundart at 11:30 PM on May 12, 2009

This is inspired. I really like the melody, and the heaviness of this song. Gravity pulls down on it so strongly. It's hard to make a sound that feels exhausted, winded, and frustrated, but works as well as this.
posted by umbĂș at 8:14 AM on May 13, 2009

Thanks guys,

micayetoca, I've never really studied Tony Levin's bass lines. I'll have to check some out.

edlundart, The organ is actually a guitar and bass emulating the left and right hands of a keyboard. I use a pedal that emulates a Leslie amp which lends a bit of an organ-y tone. They were both recorded using the same amp and same settings to make them sound like the same voice. I think I am always trying to make the drums as loud as possible, ala Steve Albini's production in the 90s (albeit using only digital equipment and compressing the heck out of pretty much everything). Just short of functional sounds about right to me.
posted by dobie at 9:22 AM on May 14, 2009

I love the way your electric guitar has sounded in this and the righteous boots song. It sounds so massive and heavy, but in a way I feel like I've never really heard before. It's beautiful, and I love it.
posted by Corduroy at 9:38 AM on May 14, 2009

This is a little late, but here is a live clip of the track on youtube.
posted by dobie at 11:06 AM on December 3, 2010

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