Horse To Water

July 15, 2010 3:14 PM

Had this bluesesque thing kicking around for a while. A rather grubby mix, with a clumsy edit halfway through, but I quite liked it after not listening to it for months. Decent guitar riff/sound.

The lyric is off-the-cuff and a bit bollocks so I won't reproduce it here.

posted by MajorDundee (6 comments total)

Bluesesque-ish! Love the laid back feel, Dundee. Nicely spare arrangement.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:56 PM on July 15, 2010

Man, that guitar is thicker than week-old porridge. Real nice sound. (I will admit that I spent the first minute or so waiting for some AC/DC, though.)
posted by uncleozzy at 5:34 AM on July 16, 2010

Thanks for that gents.

At first, ozzy, I thought you meant you were waiting for the track to explode and instead of A Whole Lot Of Rosie you were getting A Whole Lot Of Sweet Fuck All - but I see now you're referring to the riff progression. Which is a fair observation, although "Noise Pollution" never entered my head when writing this. I can't stand cliche-fuelled "cock rock" bands like AC/DC and their ilk, so it would have been a bit strange if it did! It's a pretty standard blues progression and I daresay there are thousands of similar riffs that could be pointed to. This one has some harmonic twists in it that do, to my ears at least, distinguish it from the mere run-of-the-mill (otherwise it wouldn't have interested me enough to persist with it).
posted by MajorDundee at 2:37 PM on July 16, 2010

yup, love the stripped down feel. fecking gorgeous guitar tone as usual. why no 4 minute solo though? c'mon, it's what the kids want.

or at least, it's what i want.
posted by peterkins at 10:28 AM on July 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

Not sure it is what the kids want these days P (guitar soloing seems to me to be a dying art) but thank you for that. When I get back from my trip to the Emerald Isle (fishing, Guinness, "the craik" etc) maybe I'll bung a solo over the bit about two thirds of the way through where it's just the riff playing - and dedicate the track to the equally gorgeous Rachel.....

When I listened to this one again I actually thought it could have done with a solo (how surprising..!), but I couldn't be arsed to do one. Sometimes sticking stuff on here and other places is a kind of "spring cleaning" exercise for me - just kind of getting rid of old clutter. This is really a little bit sub-standard, to be frank. That godawful edit ruins it for me, and I don't think the track is good enough to warrant further pain-in-the-a reconstructive surgery.
posted by MajorDundee at 2:38 PM on July 17, 2010

Oh and just for those who may be curious, if memory serves (not an encouraging statement at my age) the electric guitars on this were a 335 (right) and a Strat (left). The 335 provides the mid-range guts and the Strat provides the definition/cut. Mixed at something like 30/30 to blur them together. Amp was my usual weapon of choice - a Fender SuperChamp. No effects, boxes or Simulations were harmed in recording the crunchy riff save a splash of reverb. The more crap there is between the mic and the "tape" tends, in my experience, to just fuck the sound up. Having said that (contradictorily as usual) there's a bit of something or other on the guitars backing the bridge bit - but I forget what that was....some kind of chorus/flanger thing at a guess. If it works, it works.....
posted by MajorDundee at 3:20 PM on July 17, 2010

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