Monday, 21 March 2011

Music: Mousike: Music for the Muses not the Masses

What a week. It was so heavy it's left me run down with a cold. So what better to do in a physical down-time than blog??

Another track's been recorded. Tuesday last week saw us piling into the studio in Ashley, setting up and playing a song 9 times - or till I couldn't sing any more. No click. Just eyes closed and straight through (Augen zu und durch). No crazy effects. It sonically manifests everything we've grown to believe in: don't give a shit. After all the word music is derived from the Greek word 'mousike' meaning 'arts or sciences governed by the Muses'. Music for the muses.

It was incredible to finally take our hands off our eyes and realise that making music that appealed or was accessible to all, was completely ludicrous and left our tracks lacking any 'gravitas or rock majesty' (Tim Oliver, 2010). It was good to record a track in it's raw entirety with no overdubs, capturing a moment instead of hankering after perfection. Take it or leave it. It exists with or without you. It's not at all as indulgent as I'm making it seem. We haven't gone prog. We've just grown up a little I guess. It feels like we've moved our tent a little further out of the musician's camp and into the artist's camp and are hanging around enjoying the view waiting to be kicked out and sent back to where we belong.

The last track we recorded captures this turning point, the new-found confidence and comfort in our own sound. It's repetitive, it's simple and it's powerful. I enjoyed every single take and felt a sense of sadness once the final chord was struck. I probably could have played it all night. I love it.

I hope you do too. And if you don't. Can't win 'em all. And that's jusssst fiiine!

Come watch us on 26th March (Saturday) in Moles, Bath. Supporting The Milk - so probably a 10pm start. The new, freshly recorded tune will descend on fresh ears... maybe yours?

NiFe xx

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