Huh. That got finished faster than I expected.
Well, it’s not really finished finished, but the songs themselves are minimally complete — they have beginnings, middles, ends and lyrics. What am I talking about? I’m talking about 「風の歌を聴け」, the strange follow-up to the mostly mainstream Imprint.
It’s a five-track EP where the songs are decidedly more off-kilter than what I usually write. “Downtown Downpour” and “Hear the Wind Sing” (the title track) are the oldest songs of the bunch, having been written in 1991 and 1995, respectively.
“A Simple Song” was plucked out as far back as 2002 or 2003 — I don’t remember. I just knew I wanted to write something that sounded like Wayne Horvitz.
“Rescuer” and “Here” were both written in 2005, the lyrics for both completed within the last two nights.
I’m not sure why I decided this particular project would have only five tracks, nor am I sure why I wrote the songs as distinctly as I did. I just knew I wanted them to sound unlike anything on Imprint.
“Here” is a particularly cheap tune — the bass line spells out two of the best known initials in classical music, D-S-C-H (Dmitri Shostakovich) and B-A-C-H (who else?) The chromaticism of the bass line works well.
That brings my rough discography to three. I guess I should get cracking on the tenatively-titled Speechless and figure out what to do with A Ghost in My Shadow.
Lyrics and music available on, of course.