You Believe It Yourself

September 30, 2010 10:33 AM

A last-minute SongFight entry with a one-liner lyric.

This is one of those that feels more like a demo than anything; I may try to come back and revisit the ideas in here and refine them for another go at some point. The loose ambient noisiness of the whole thing is nice, but I think the beginning should be markedly lower tempo and it'd be nice to get some cleaner jazz feel (and not have swung parts mudwrestling with straight parts unless I can find a way to make it really, really work).

Thing I Don't Usually Do: I took a recording of a piano track that I was really unhappy with the sound on and I reamped it through my Fender Deville with the gain up fair high; the output is a kind of meaty broken piano-holler sound that actually feels like it sits well with the distorted electrics in the latter part of the song.

posted by cortex (3 comments total)

This song came up as I was listening to the RSS stream this morning and I kept thinking this could be a great song if it had some verses- figured there was a reason for repeating just the one line. But I think there's a lot of potential here if you build up the tension in the beginning, then hit them with that big chorus. Could be really cool.
posted by InfidelZombie at 12:48 PM on October 9, 2010

Yeah, it's absolutely a "this idea needs some actual structure" sort of thing. The repeating thing should really be the like ratcheting-up finale of a slow build with some actual movement, is how I imagine a finished version. But I just plain ran myself out of time, so it ended up being this little squashed demo.
posted by cortex at 12:53 PM on October 9, 2010

I like the idea of straight and swinging parts mudwrestling! And I think you've almost got it! The bass and piano stabs are swinging nicely to begin with, but when the drums come in the bass and guitar stabs stiffen up. Keep them loose like in the intro. The drum part can remain straight ahead, but maybe simplify it a bit so it isn't so driving / leading the other instruments into straight ahead rock.

Really cool ending, too.
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 9:59 PM on October 17, 2010

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