Femme Fatale (VU+N cover)

July 28, 2009 6:30 PM

Now with less German supermodel. Plus, I play drums!

I've been sort of fiddling with arrangement ideas for almost a month now, and now that I've got a drumset I decided to try and put together what I've got around something I could reasonably hope to bang out. Result is pretty sloppy and lofi (drums were gotten in one take with just a single room mic for the whole kit, etc), but that seems appropriate and besides I think it's fairly fun. I certainly had a good time putting it together.

There is no Christopher Walken on this one.

posted by cortex (10 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Some of your recent recordings sound like a party. This one's no exception! It's easy to tell you're having fun. I quite enjoy the sloppy ride cymbal (I think -- I'm a drum moron) towards the end, bleeding all over the place, as you lift the roof. Congrats on your new kit!
posted by edlundart at 6:50 PM on July 28, 2009

This desperately needs a horn section. Other than that, great job! I liked your sloppy drumming, and your new lyrics.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 8:22 PM on July 28, 2009

Yeah, this arrangement is great. I especially like the "walks / talks" part. And that guitar towards the end that fills out the sound, playing single notes. Really kind of epic sounding.
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 9:40 PM on July 28, 2009

Your voice on this does the thing that Paul McCartney does when he sounds really excited. That's also when he sounds best.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:24 AM on July 29, 2009

Heh, thanks all.

gnfti, this is one of those rare tracks where I do that thing you like where I don't overthink the vocals and just jump in. The main vox track was the first rough track, and I actually completely blew a phrase late in the bridge (you can tell because that's where the vox just disappears for a few seconds, heh), and at the time thought I was just being silly on the rest of the take for the sake of a runthrough.

Hence those more-playful-than-usual bits of crooning on the soft return of the chorus after the bridge.
posted by cortex at 9:08 AM on July 29, 2009

Fun.. I was reminded of McCartney, too, before I saw gnfti's comment.
posted by starman at 10:28 AM on July 29, 2009

Love it! I wish I could make recordings that sound this joyful. Thirding McCartney-esque.
posted by davejay at 7:36 PM on July 29, 2009

I was just thinking: hey, this sounds like vintage Beatl... oh, right, everybody else has already been there. This is a great sound. Those guitars are fantastic, both of them; the amount of room in the left one makes the whole recording sound really alive. The soaring at the end is unreal. This is great.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:33 AM on July 30, 2009

This is great.
posted by phrontist at 8:54 AM on July 30, 2009

Dammit, cortex, this is GREAT! The arrangement kicks ass, it's bright and big and totally alive. I love how you have so many little supporting elements, little background vocals and guitar bits etc. This kicks a lot of ass.
posted by snsranch at 3:59 PM on July 30, 2009

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