Another update from my wee arty cabin in the country. Making good progress but still slowly. Perfection takes time – or may be I should learn the rule of diminishing returns (or at least the drums).
The reason I feel the drums have taken so long is because none of my songs have ever been played with kit before, so apart from a couple of tracks I’ve done demos of, I’ve had to think about and write drum parts as well as get good takes down. I think it’s been worthwhile though as I want this album to sound much fuller than the way my songs are normally heard and this way I’m leaving plenty of scope for bass and other orchestration.
Day 6 – this was taken up with drum takes for Slow me Down and She Loves Sushi. In between hailstorms where the roof windows were acting like a snare head, I got some more guide tracks done : )
Day 7 – Mat Clements arrived for a day of percussion and we got some great stuff down for 200 Miles, Planet Man and Quicksand. It’s great hearing the layers going on, like a Rolf Harris painting you can hear the magic happening and start to get a clearer vision of the end result. I love recording.
Day 8 – Realising that time is running very short now I started work on the actual final guitar parts. Took ages to get some good mic sounds but I’m happy with what I’m getting now and got guitar done for Love Train and Louder than Words. Did much experimenting with and without click track. These ones were tricky as the tempo shifts in Love Train and the feel shifts in LtW. I much prefer recording with other people in real time to capture the feel of interaction as it’s hard to play along with what you’re hearing in your head (that doesn’t exist yet) so this time I’ve found it easier to use click tracks which surprised me.
It’s getting late now so time for me to get out from between these two duvets and get under a different one…