Friday, January 13, 2012

Idea + band = song

Here's another of the initial ideas I recorded for our latest album, this time for a song called French Girl.

This idea shows how sometimes it's composition and vibe is spot on from the start and all you have to do is replicate that vibe with the band and flesh it out a wee bit and you have a fully-fledged song.

One of the interesting parts of the final recording we did was emulating the very distorted piano I have in my demo. It was intended to sound like a big guitar sound, but I didn't quite know how to do that in my bedroom, so piano it was. So when we brought it into a jam Si had to experiment a little with his toys. He came up with a combination of e-bow, delay and distortion to create exactly what I would have envisioned in the first place for the part.

After that it was a case of adding simple parts for the other band members and writing a bridge/outro section which matched that initial vibe and story - it all came very naturally. The only addition to the song once we got to the studio were some subtly Eastern-sounding layers in the bridge (we had some epic strings there for a bit too, but it was slightly too much for what we wanted).

So, here you go, here's the initial demo:

French Girl (initial demo) by jredmore

And the final product:

French Girl by midnightyouth

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