Geert Hellings joins in on guitar and lapsteel today, providing beautiful textures to ‘Rain’, ‘The Chrysanthemum Vow ‘ and ‘White Peaks’. We groove away in ‘The Blue Hood’ and find out that ‘The Reed-Choked House’ could benefit from some electronic rhythm, since Mattijs is at the marimba all the time. Unfortunately, later that evening, we… Read more »
After warming up with almost seven minutes of ‘Rain’, we go through ‘White Peaks’ and have a go at ‘A Serpent’s Lust’. There’s the first run of ‘The Carp of My Dreams’ and ‘A Reed-Choked House’. And we end the day with ‘On Poverty and Wealth’.
First rehearsal day at deSingel. The first two weeks, we’ll be working from the music studio. We start out as a smaller ensemble: the rhythm section Nicolas (bass) and Mattijs (drums), Nel on piano and vocals, Bram on vocals and guitar, Jon is there as arranger and cornetto player, Liam plays gamba and represents the… Read more »
Final day before we actually get into the music studio with eight musicians. This is an ideal moment to take stock and prepare the last few things. We put the vocal harmonies we created and recorded yesterday together with the final demo’s, so everybody can get a clear idea of what is happening vocally. Even… Read more »
The structures and melodies might be well in place, that doesn’t mean we’re ready to sing. We figure those kind of things out in the vocal rehearsals with Glows only. Harmonizing melodies takes up some time, especially if we stick to the aesthetic rules we invented for ourselves over the years. “A Serpent’s Lust” and… Read more »