It all started with a sample taken from an old library music. I remember recording that sample ages ago at my friend Simon's place (Simon goes under the name James Bay and he made a remix of New Design recently. When I came accross the sample again a few weeks ago, I thought: "hmm that's sweet little sound, I should probably use it sometime". Well, the time had come. I built the song around it. I wanted the beat to be a little heavier too... But the sound of the song changed significantly once Graham Van Pelt (read about him here) of Miracle Fortress got involved in the process. I wanted to work with someone else on the mix to make sure that the production wouldn't sound the same as the previous single. Graham was really generous of his time and added new layers of sound - inlcuding a new layer of rythm and the really sharp and bouncy bass synth lines - that made the song a lot less lo-fi in the end.
The B-side of the single is called AGAIN AGAIN. A very simple song really. The whole track was written and assembled in a few days... I had already composed the chord progression, can't remember exactly when. So I just played each chord on a Yamaha Sk-20, cut them up individually and sequenced into a really simple rythmic pattern. The rest was added progressively and very instinctively, like that other series of chords played with a very gentle sine wave sound. The lyrics came to me in the most natural way. I guess I was thinking a lot about loss, people leaving us... especially Trish who had died exactly year ago, but also my mom who would have turned 61 in January. I guess that, in this song, I'm trying to express the hope to see the departed ones again. Hence the name of the song. I included a sample of the interview I did with Trish Keenan in 1999 in NYC at Warp Records' 10th anniversary show. Maybe it was a way to link up AGAIN AGAIN with the words I wrote in TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC (listen to the audio documentary to learn more about this). The song perfectly represents the mood I was in when I wrote. I can hear nostalgy and a bit of tiredness in my voice too. I was in fact exhausted with all the work I had to do for Phases' launch. It's funny how listening to it again brings me back to that same state, in a blurry "mind zone" where ghosts come talk to you
|graphic design and Phases artwork by Curiousflux|