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electrical - distortion ending

like 6 months ago?

I went on a vacation to San Francisco last year and while sitting in the airport on the way home, revisited this song. I thought of some new words and a different theme for it and I feel connected to it. So, I started to jam with it again. I wound up writing some new guitar parts for the end. There's a lead guitar line there now that I really like. It feels loud. It feels messy. I think the whole structure is done. If you haven't noticed, I stripped the vocals out a while ago because I didn't feel too connected to them. So, I think I need to re-approach this song vocally next.

electrical - maximalist beginning and ending


I really want to finish this song. Today I experiemented with some additional instrumentation at the beginning and end. They both feel a little out of place. The horns are fun, but I have no idea how I'd pull that off in a real-life setting and it might be a layer of overkill. Additionally, I think the end part feels a little too much like 90s grunge. I like the energy of it, but I don't want to fall into old patterns too much. The goal is to make something that sounds fresh. At least there's a semi-complete version of the song here: a beginning middle and end. Now I can begin to refine these different parts as needed. Progress.

electrical - vocal update


Tried to really focus on cleaning up the vocals. These still feel super demo-y to me, but I'm going to come back to it in a few days and see how they sit. I like how the slight change in words lead to a slightly different melody than my first upload and I'm looking foward to see how this continues to move. I've been playing a lot of Dragon Quest XI lately, and there are many scenes that start off by saying, "And then, morning comes." I like that and I just so happen to be writing a song about the morningtime, so I tried to incorporate that "and then" quietly in the intro. It sounds good when just playing guitar and signing but might be too much when paired with all of the other instrumentation. We'll see. Progress.

And then, morning comes
smelling something electrical
in your hair
up the street
down the stairs
I want it

plug me in
thank you, thank you

electrical - bridge


Continuing to play around with this song. I tried to write some words and new parts to this for about two hours today and came up with this bridge that I find interesting. Piece by piece. We'll see if I keep this one around once the whole song gets a lyrical theme.

electricalll - demo - 4/17


Re-recorded this demo so that everything is a bit louder. My initial takes were very soft which could lead to some balancing issues later. I added a little extra instrumental part after the "verse" that turned into something very twinkly and midwest-emo. I'm into it. I'm not too sure what to do with this vocally, so took out the scratch vocals but I'll come back to them. I'm having some issues getting clean guitar takes too. There's a light buzz behind everything right now that I'd like to clean up eventually. But I'm more interested in finishing up the song structurally for now.

electricalll - demo


After a nice dinner, I went to the studio and recorded this little demo in about an hour. I've been listening to a lot of Jay Som lately -- particularly because I've been reading this book, Mirror Sound by Spencer Tweedy (and co.), all about artists who home-record. It's been a fun read and a good way to find new and interesting music. This was the first thing that came out, inspired by her.