Although I love performing on stage – basically because I’m a big girly show-off – there’s a part of me that also enjoys recording sessions. I know some people hate being trapped in a (usually windowless, hot, smelly) room for hours on end, doing take after take of the same 8 bars in search of perfection, but I get a small thrill from committing my performance to posterity.
On Monday night I trundled down to Alchemea in Islington, where the wonderful Thom had offered us some studio time, and bedded in for four hours of recording for the upcoming Shadow Orchestra EP/single/album/whatever.
I put down harp parts for new tracks Direct Out, Rocket Pack, Epic Tune/First Warm Day, Vampires in Cuba/Blood Cigar, “Random un-named tune from that amazing jam we did ages ago”, and a brand new tune called Off Day.
We’ve got to wait for the rest of the band to finish recording their parts, and for Chris to mix and master it, before it’s suitable for public consumption. but just as a really cheeky teaser, here’s a very rough version of Rocket Pack, which was cobbled together from a jam at Treacle Studios a couple of months ago. Obviously, this is not the final polished product, but it’s an idea of how it sounds. What do you reckon?