It's been a bit of time since I've been writing. I think in large part because of the work load lately. I have been working to develop 2 rather large batches of songs - totally different genres from each other as well. And also juggling mixing some older tracks. It's just a lot and I am a bit ragged at the moment. I think the hardest part is the picture part for each song - because I am holed up in my little studio all day and don't feel sexy at all ;)
But things are lovely.
We have a show this Saturday that I am excited about. Working to just play all new material - which I know pisses people off sometimes. I think it's exciting though. It's a very creative state. The songs are germinating in front of your eyes :) They often take a different shape in studio but I really like the idea of starting them out with a pure live band arrangement and then expanding from there. At least that is my kick at the moment.
The songs that I have been writing lately are much more low key than most of the stuff I have released so far. More subdued and quirky. I love them and can't wait to get them finished. Part of me feels like I have to write a new chorus for all of them, and the other side likes that they are different beasts and I shouldn't meddle.
We shall see...
Was up till 4am doing a last minute re-mix to Caroline. We got the master back and I wasn't happy with it at all. So I had someone else do it. We mastered again but figured out that the mix itself had issues. Paul was at a dinner, so I had to drag him over around 10pm and we didn't stop for about 6 hours. It was a bit rough, but we got it done, and sent it off for the new mastering guy to re-master it again this morning. I cut it EXTREMELY close.
So basically I had Caroline mastered 3 times. Yes... I have a problem :) But it was a big improvement. There were dynamics in that song that were rather complicated.
Right now we are finally finishing mixing a song called The Outsider. It's a very contemplative song. It puts me in a very thoughtful state. It's very pretty, there's a little typewriter beat, synths mixed with a live band... the production ideas are similar to Caroline actually - but it's a totally different beast. It's sort of this idea of mixing a heavy electronic landscape with a really rock oriented White Stripes-ish sort of band.
Both songs were recorded in one take with drums and bass. The guys played together and just killed it. So it has this very organic feel within a very electronic landscape. It was an exciting thing to watch develop.
The Outsider will be out next week
Okay. Now to finish up this mix and get some sleep!!!!
Hoping to see some of you this weekend at the show.