Making Album 3: Day 3

Yesterday was another day of recording album 3.

Still at Adrian’s studio at Double Bay, we came up with basslines for several songs and cleaned up some of the work we did previously.

This method of recording is very new to me. In the past I have been over-prepared. This time I am writing stuff on the spot. Hours wasted on a bassline that didn’t work for I Just Wanna See You, before just deciding on something simple, and using the same old basslines I’ve used before. I guess there is something to be said for falling back on instincts when approaching a recording like this.

That said, some really good stuff came from improvising. A mellotron line for The Bedford Arms and a walking bassline for Done With Love came out very well.

I initially wanted to work with sample drums only. Having been a bit obsessed by LCD Soundsystem (RIP) and simple recordings of recent Paul Westerberg, I figured real sounds were not important as long as the songs were there. But it’s looking like a real drummer will need to be drafted in, and proper drums recorded.

So for the moment, we are stuck on this drums impasse.

On the other hand, one Untitled song I’ve pretty much decided will get the flick. A finished tracklisting is getting closer.

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