The Bigger Picture

January 15, 2011 9:41 AM

Always find descriptions difficult. Ok. I'd say this is light, chewy, slightly farty, with raspberry notes and a hint of vitriol. Fancy a glass?

Well, that's my New Year's Res out the window (predictably enough). I tend to gather each year's output together as a notional album/folder - it makes each new year feel like a fresh start. Last year's was called "Book Of Days". 2009's "Rendition". This year's is "12AX7". Guitarists in the community will know what that refers to.

I'll post the lyric for this one if there's any interest (haven't typed it up yet - it's on various scraps of paper).

posted by MajorDundee (7 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

It has a nice little groove going.
posted by Ardiril at 1:28 PM on January 15, 2011

Cool. I like the twangy Stratocaster fills and solo. But the song could, I think, be a little better if there was a verse between the two sections before the bridge?
posted by gallus at 6:54 AM on January 16, 2011

Man, this is chock full of great elements! I was expecting this to sound like shit, only because I'm moving equipment around and it's playing through $29 "boombox" speakers. But no, this still sounds really great. Your recordings and mixes are so great, man, it's really enviable!
posted by snsranch at 3:50 PM on January 17, 2011

Thanks folks - appreciate the comments.
posted by MajorDundee at 11:12 AM on January 18, 2011

I always marvel at your guitar skills.
When I hear you play I feel like I'm just bashing around.
And your tone is so nice.
The sort of plucky sound you're getting in this one, are you using your fingers instead of a pick?
posted by chococat at 2:42 PM on January 20, 2011

Given the popularity of you material on here chococat (which far outstrips my modest efforts), that's praise indeed. Many thanks. The backing guitar is indeed played fingerstyle - it's my telecaster with the p/up selector in the mid position. The lead guitar is a stratocaster - obviously played with a pick and with the p/up selector in the out-of-phase position between the mid and neck p/ups. Amp = Fender Superchamp. As ever, no FX other than a little reverb. The slight and occasional chorusy sound on the tele backing is the result of a little overdubbing to bring out certain chordal voicings that weren't cutting enough with a single guitar track.
posted by MajorDundee at 11:11 AM on January 21, 2011

Love the line: "inside, outside, it's all the same".
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:52 AM on January 22, 2011

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