Yes, PHASE 4. It's already PHASE 4. The direction for this single (lo-fi, hyptonic retropop) was fairly vague but it helped me to find inspiration quite easily. Not that ever make "hi-fi" music but I wanted the freedom to have a rougher sound, something a little less produced than some of the previous tracks. So I recorded the whole track on my own, without any collaborator this time around. As much as I feel that collaborations are one of the best ways to create music, it was nice to get some "alone" time in the studio. I felt connected to the music differently because of that... the whole process became more introspective... borderline meditative I'd say.
I guess the theme behind the song comes with my obsession with life vs. death, escaping reality and finding some comfort in music. The lyrics were written quickly and didn't make much sense but it's usually how I like writing songs anyway, using words as sound rather than as a way to pass a message, or tell a story. Maybe that's why I've never considered myself a song writter because words are usually just an other instrument to me. With NEXT LIFE, I wanted to express the idea of having the chance to live a second time. I wrote a few sentences down and recorded them seperately, each with their own melody and I reassembled them later, making room for improvisation... there could have been dozens of different tracks with the same words... But I "sowed" them back together the way I thought sounded the best. Although I admid that the mix could have been different, had I had more time. But that's one of the rules of PHASES. No time for endless polishing!
Once I was done with the track, I realized that it vaguely reminded me of "Point of View Point" by Japan's own Cornelius. Not so much in the arrangements but in the treatment of the vocals. Of course, Cornelius is everything but lo-fi... But it's funny how some songs can stay with you for years (I heard that song for the first time in 2002, when I still had a radioshow called Jetboy at Université de Montréal's radio station, CISM). I'm not sure how, but I feel like it could have influenced me unconsciously. Or maybe I'm just imagining things? I guess everything musicians listen to might affect the way they create in a way or the other...
This is the vibraphonette that I used in the intro NEXT LIFE. It's obviously a... small vibraphone that I found at an antiques store in Vancouver. It was hidden under a huge pile of boxes with old hats in them. It's probably one of things that I care about the most in my studio.
THE B-SIDE: MEMORY TAPES REMIXES TRIP THE LIGHT
I have the feeling that NEXT LIFE could have a "next life" thanks to a remix or two... But the track that did get remixed for PHASE 4 is TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC (PHASE 2). I've always been a fan of MEMORY TAPES. So I was honored when I heard he accepted to do a remix for Trip The Light... The remix surprised me at first (the vocals!!) but I totally loved the groove and great synth parts in the middle... It was great to see how Davey made the track eventrippier in his own way.
Enjoy and have a great spring! Next is Phase 6, a tribute to Trish Keenan of Broadcast. I'm actually quite excited to be about to wrap myself up in my memories of her.