20th april, 2011

it's been a few months since we posted our 20th tracks on the blog (which reminds me, there's a small backlog of them which i'll gradually post up). being a school holiday, bec and i had a little more time than normal to work on things, so there's two tracks. the first is one i did inspired by a book i'm reading at the moment called 'haunted weather' by david toop. it's about sound as music and music and sound as memory and lots of interesting offshoots of those kinds of things. this track is called 'fourthirtythree in a suburban backyard'. it's a decumulation of recordings of nothing, inpired by john cage, made by sticking two microphones just outside the studio door. of course, 'nothing' is very relative. the piece starts out with 9 recordings of 'nothing', working down to one recording of 'nothing'.

second up is the more regular song thing. musically, i've been listening to animal collective lots over the past few days, which is the most obvious inspiration. the drums are a sample ripped from a track called 'down' by p major from a great sydney free download compilation i got recently called 'free the beats vol 3'. very worth downloading (featuring our friend m.o.r.). i made a very skeletal piece of music with just the straight drum loop, the chopped up electric guitars and a bit of glockenspiel. bec wrote the lyrics. for one of the first times ever, ellie contributed as she was over for dinner, so she made up the melody to sing the words over the music. you'll have to ask bec and ellie where their inspirations came from.

here are the lyrics...

to me

go, go
get up on your feet
you stayed too long
you've been asleep
put on your shoes
and open the door
get into the seat
put your foot to the floor

you've been sleeping in dust
you've got dirt in your brain
if you don't get out now
you'll be sleeping again

get out of this suburb
it's making you cold
get out of this city
before it takes hold
lift your thoughts from a whisper
get your heart up to speed
set your face to the headlights
you know there's nothing you need

so go!
push out into the road
travel on 'til the outside
go on out into the known


Blake said...

that song is brilliant. i'm a lucky guy

Blake said...

i think that should be the next song we learn to perform

Cherry said...

I've already had this stuck in my head! I take back any unintentional offense that I directed towards your melody Eliza.

Cherry said...

and I second the motion to perform this one!s

Bec said...

This was really fun! Wish we could crash collaborate like this all together and more often. Every person that participates lends another tone/texture/colour/whatever.

As to my inspiration, it is - obviously - a lecture to myself. I know what I believe. I know what I should do. I am lulled into apathy. It could have easily been titled, "Get Off Your Metaphorical Arse, Bec".

costa k said...

i thought it was against band policy to have lyrics that rhyme?

it will sound great live

Bec said...

We're trying to broaden our demographic. : )

Mind Booster Noori said...

"haunted weather" seems very interesting... By its description, it's something similar to Daniel Levitin's books ("This is your brain on music" and the more recent "The World In Six Songs")... Recommended.

Annelise Holwerda said...

I love "travel on 'til the outside, go on out into the known"... Encouraging! It sounds good!

Bec said...

Thanks Annelise!

Eliza said...

Wow, it sounds fantastic! I love the harmonies, and all the distorted vocal bits. So glad I finally did something for one of the 20ths - it makes me feel like more of an active member of the band.