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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Weekly Update: 4-20-10

OK....

So I really can't justify calling this post a 'Weekly Update' since it has been several weeks since the last post. But it still sounds good right? At any rate, my apologies for the radio silence. But let me just reassure everyone who reads these posts that we have indeed been busy little elves in the studio....

1) 'Marigolds' is well under way with about 60% of Matt's drums tracked and maybe(?) 20% of Jakeman's bass parts tracked. We haven't had the luxury of several consecutive days to record the drums this time around so it is taking a little longer. The good news is that the 'Marigolds' drum sessions are going very well and Matt has once again raised the bar with his playing. In true 'Matt Goodner - Drummer Extraordinaire' fashion, he has shrugged off his success by saying that this song has been 'easy' but I think it is very apparent that the three of us are finding our groove and that we are getting much more comfortable with the whole recording aspect of things. Case in point, 'Sycamore' took forever to wrap up because it was such a complex song arrangement, it was our first official release, and everything about 'Sycamore' was our beta test on a multitude of levels: mic choices, mic placement choices, guitar choices, amp choices, bass tone choices, my first real attempt at vocals, my first real attempt in drum tracking, etc.. But now things are rolling out a lot easier for us (and we are more confident) and I think Matt's ease in tracking 'Marigolds' is proof of that. Them there drums sure do sound good...

2) 'Some Other Year' is coming along very very nicely. Most of the guitars are tracked (but not mixed just yet), and I have officially started vocals. I had actually been delayed vocally due to some very bad tree pollen allergies (which landed me in the doctor's office last week) and I sounded like a baritone Kirstie Alley, but I'm getting along much better now and have been able to start singing again. (Yeesssss...) Hopefully I will get the bulk of the vocal parts done within the next week or so. Also, we plan on having my sister Charlyn provide some female vocal textures on 'Some Other Year' for some ethereal sections. And I still need to find the right lead guitar tone for the bridge, but past that 'SOY' is getting close to being done with the tracking stage of things. (And Jakeman still has bass parts to lay down towards the end of the song once the guitars and vocals are finished up.) That being said, we will most likely post some sort of 'SOY' preview teaser on YouTube like we did for 'Sycamore'. That may be available within a week or so. Keep checking back!

3) Looks like song #4 will either be 'Rabbit Hole' or possibly 'The Antebellum'. Both songs are dark in nature but we need some darker material to balance 'Marigolds' and 'SOY'. We are all happy chaps, but too much happy music gets boring for us as musicians and we need to vent a little bit. So the plan is to go dark on the next one (or two). Not sure what will happen after that....

That's all for now. Lots of recording going on right now. Will post again soon!

Cheers!

~ Todd