Track one from Inchoatery – the breakup song.
Trying to do this as a dialogue between two people using only my voice was a challenge; at the end of the day, panning the voices fairly hard left and right was about the best I could do to try and sell the separation.
Sonically there’s some heritage here from 2007′s All These Little Metal Things — the use of metallic scratching as a percussive element, the dropping of any underlying harmonic anchor for significant portions of the song, the tuneless/shouted vocals — though this is much more explicitly harmonically structured and somewhat more structurally complex of a song by comparison.
I don’t have much of a habit of writing even simple lead guitar lines for my own recordings, but it’s something I enjoyed from bands I’ve been in, and I think the line in the break in the middle of this works pretty well.
If you listen to the early sketch I recorded near the beginning of February, a couple things are clear about how this idea started compared with where it wound up at for the album: it was slower and decidedly more melodic originally, and the rhythmic signature of it was less pronounced.
Trying to work out cohesive drum patterns for this album — a first, I’ve only had the drumset since last July so I’m still learning weekly — was a challenge but I think gave me a stronger grounding for some of the final arrangements, rhythmically.