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There is a nice kind of edginess on this session. A good mix of experimentation, improvisation, and expansion. We additionally did a little more instrument swapping than we had prior. Plus we did not use any electronic beats in this session. Of course, there is a likely tolerable level of “offness” here and there, but few and far between all the juicy rewards.
“Champagne Fishing Hole” – This was how the session opened…with Megan rapping over Dane’s drums and Katie’s omnichord volume flushing. I was still playing with shit in the control room, so I didn’t get in on it straight away. This is completely to the track’s credit.
“Wrong Way Down a One Way Channel Backwards” – I had accidentally set off my looper pedal. Then I just went with it.
“New Beginnings” – This is a pleasant little, beatless version. Katie opposed my guitar with ukulele and Rachel took over the omnichord. Dane played bass.
“Afraid of the Ghost” – This was one of the improvised songs from the last session. I transcribed it over to a chord sheet and changed a few lines from the lyrics. Two in particular, which really made no sense. It’s a simple song, but I’ve come to really like it, all in all.
“Waiting” – This is Dane’s song all the way. He wrote it, is singing it, and playing guitar. He recorded a really great countryish version of it, which you can listen to on his Myspace page.
“Bristol” – This is totally the best version of this we have done. We knew we had it more complete the moment we took it at that new pace.
“Dane’s Domain” – Dane started this badass bassline up and, though I noodle sloppy at times, I could not resist joining in. The girls handled light percussion in the back. I think we should build on this.
“Monkey Parade” – This is the variation of “Katie’s Waltz” that we have currently arrived at. This one is a lot more passionate and unrestrained.
“Leonard Skeonard” – I’m guiding the drums on this one. Though I fumble them at the end, I still think this is a nice closing track. Dane is playing a soaring mess of guitar solos over Katie’s always otherworldly omnichord.
Katie Collins – ukulele, omnichord, bass
Megan Driscoll – vocals, flute
Dane Hill – drums, bass, guitar
Rachel Jae – axillary percussion, omnichord
Arrison Kirby – guitar, drums, vocals