My girlfriend has a beautiful voice. A voice that works like a bridge between us and unites us through music. She writes her own material as well. However, being a vocalist she does not know how to construct a safe haven for her melodies to thrive and grow in. That is were I come in. I do what I do best and I give her that universe, that place where her voice feels like at home.
In June we finished her second song called Springtime. In comparison to the first song, this one is more lively and cheerful, thus the production had to follow that pattern as well. I did not want a classic jazzpop setup for this one and tried to bring in a lot more of electronica and rock influences to give the song a fresh original feel. I also like to mix up the rhytm a bit and to be able to go from bossa to swing to straight to half the pace and back again. I wanted the song to be strong enough on its own but to still have a touch of me that people could recognize and relate to.
Just like the first song, Springtime relies alot on the action of the bass guitar. Besides that a reversed and normal piano together with the electronic and acoustic drums create the foundation. The rest is filled out with acoustic guitars, electric guitars, cellos, three synthesizers and some backup vocals along with alot of reverb and effects like rhytmic gates and delays.
Prodigies of Nature
This song is the first we recorded together in the fall of 2008. The setup is quite minimal. There is a typical brush kit playing a slow beat and a bass guitar doubling as a countermelody. Some rhodes are use to lay down chords. This song has a surprise reggae part in the middle of the song that fades over to the previous slower portion with a solo guitar added. This song is not as busy as Springtime, but well worth the listen.