Diary two - Guitars for our third EP
After the drums were in the can it was time to lay down some sweet guitar. The Marble King and his Gibson 335 came well prepared and it was a true pleasure to record his parts. There was a lot for Mr. Marbles to chew on; an eclectic mix of genres and attitudes in true schizophrenic Alpine Those Myriads style, huge dynamical changes and chords from another planet. I was nervous for the complexity of it all, but Mr. Marbles tackled the adventures with masterful skill. He even brought out his Glam-Rock chops on a section - we love the Glam-Rock(the 70s kind)!
The recording was a pretty smooth sail, but there was a certain song that seemed physically impossible to do on the guitar. We pondered the idea of combining three parts into one, but we decided that it was a cop out and it also wouldn´t work in a live situation. After some experimentation, the good old headbutting and with The King´s brilliancy we found a way. The result was finger settings and movements that were quite spasmodic and extraordinary. It looked funny in a way and I amused myself by dubbing this style of playing “Kung-fu guitar” between the different takes.
Here´s a video of him playing a section from a jazzed out song. We often referred to this song as opium jazz. Don´t know why, it may be the distant feeling in it or it may well be that we´re two chaps that like to laugh. Nevermind, here´s the video:
The lyrics that you hear in the video is not the lyrics that´ll be on the EP. They´re way sadder.
Next diary will be about the bass or the vocals. I´m unsure if i´ll write about the bass since Addo Tesla recorded it himself, but the important thing is that the bass tracks sound stellar. There´s even an upright bass for this EP. Yay!