We got together this afternoon and cranked out some new songs. We worked on an 80s rocker a la Jessie's Girl called Jealous, a Francoise Hardy sounding number called When The Paris Moon Hits You, and a gospel-esque song that has no lyrics, but that ended up sounding like The Verve. So our album is already shaping up to have quite an eclectic mix of styles and influences.
We like to challenge ourselves with different feels. Bob had fun working with some brushes and shakers instead of his drum kit on the Paris Moon song. He and Joe recorded some percussion over the demo recording. I practiced some different rhythm guitar styles, and even put a kind of noodly piano overdub onto Roll On, Mighty Danube, which we also spent some time fleshing out.
Last week we made some pretty good recordings of our rehearsal. I particularly like this demo version of Girls & Sweaters. Although it isn't finished, it has a good feel. This is approximately how we want the rhythm track to sound on the final recording:
We also worked out We Were Standing On The Steps Of The Palace , for which we lifted the rhythm from Belle & Sebastian. It doesn't sound particularly tight here, and there are no lyrics yet except for the first two lines, but it gives you a nice idea of where we want to go with the song.
And I also want to show you this version of On The Wet Streets Of Sevilla, which has a little piano overdub on top of it. This is a nice version as well.
So there you have it. We already have 9 songs for our new album. 12 songs is a pretty good album length, and we still have a whole bunch of songs to learn, 12 more, actually. If we learn them all, we'll have 20 songs or so. Maybe this will be a double album. Why not? Anyway, more later.