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25/09/12 - PHASE 9 : SUN FAT EXPLOSION



I have to admit that there was a little change of plans with Phase 9. You know how each month has a "music direction" with Phases? Well, although it's really no big deal, I inverted the "beachy dancy tune" with the "kraut/italo trippy" single. But in the end, this month's single is simply "krautrock" in style. I sort of cheated! But as planned, there'll be a "summery" song next month, that will be listenable on a dancefloor (hopefully!).


montag - sun fat explosion from mathieu v on Vimeo.



The reason why I had to do this was because of time constraints! It takes more time to produce a dance track than recording a band live jamming on one chord! (which was the idea that I had from the start for the "kraut" single. And it's exactly what happened: I formed a BAND! Yes, me, who's so used to play music on my own. Co-writing songs is something I've done but jamming? That hardly ever happens - at least not with anybody else.

So yes, there was a "one-night-band" for the recording of Sun Fat Explosion. And it was fun. Dominic Vanchesteing (who I collaborated with numerous time this year - New Design, P.I.E.C.E.S., etc.) played the guitar, Guillaume Éthier was on the drums (also responsible for the sweet drum sounds on P.I.E.C.E.S.), Philippe Roberge played the guitar as well (he's also present on P.I.E.C.E.S. !) and his bandmate Mathieu Dumontier was on the bass. As for myself, I played the synth (surprise!).

It was the very first time that were all together in the same studio - we recorded at Philippe's studio actually. And what happened was surprising because Sun Fat Explosion and its b-side was our pratice jam! I had a beatbox loop that I wanted us to jam on but we played on it later that evening and it just wasn't as good as this first recording. So there are three things that make Sun Fat Explosion a special Phases single:

1) it's the only single to be 100% improvised
2) it's the only single to have no electronics other than the analog synth that I was playing
3) it's the only single with a "rock" outfit.

We all came out of the studio a little drunk and so happy with the music. I mixed the individual tracks later in my studio, without changing much at all... I did add some vocals though, because this was the chance to have a track with hardly any lyrics and to have to go "freestyle" lyrically, to follow the music's openess.

So I came up with some words that I remembered from the time I lived in Vancouver. There was a restaurant near my place called "Sun Fat Café". A completely surealistic name that resonated in my head for a long time. I thought "Fat" was spelled "Phat" but I checked on googled it proved me wrong. Here it is:

?... For some reason, those words looked like a great song title, or a band name even, why not. But for a track as trippy as the one we had recorded, I thought: this could work. There's something very spaced out in the music so to me it only made sense to have a reference to... well, space, in the title.

I didn't see it coming but I guess there's a "heavy" track by Montag in Phases. It's a level of intensity I could never achieve on my own and I'm so grateful my "rocker" friends accepted to record with me. It could have been a complete failure, but we managed to come up with a pretty listenable jam.


SUN FAT EXPLOTION 2

... is simply the last bit of the same jam! I thought a 13minute track was just pushing it a little too far so I simply chopped it off in two parts, scrapping maybe a minute or two of the whole jam. Sun Fat Explosion 2 sounds more like prog rock than krautrock I guess... Funny how things evolve when you improvise. I should do it more often.

I hope you enjoy it!





 

 

 




   
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