Living Room Sessions: Interlude
This is the second from a back-catalogue series I’m making at the moment while I’m working on a new EP / album (in the name of going backwards to go forwards, or some such thing!). This consists of me making a lo-fi video (see below) of some of my key songs in my living room at home, and popping them up here with their back story.
Living Room Session #2.
Year of release: 2017
‘Interlude’ is a track that came to life while I was configuring songs for a show a couple of years back - I was playing around with setting an infinity delay on my vocal pedal, which is where the main looped vocal comes from, and this dark, eerie song was born when I sung a melody over the loop. The lyrics are from Percy Shelley’s poem ‘A Dirge’, which was published posthumously by his wife, Mary Shelley, in 1824.
I am always interested in the kind of dissonance that exists between despair and hope and trying to reconcile the two, and this song is a little snippet of that. I never released it as anything more than a demo (link below if you’d like to listen to the demo version!), but it’s one I enjoy performing live because of its free-form structure and the atmosphere it creates.
So - let me transport you to a dark, stormy night out in the wilderness for a few minutes: the wind is howling around your ears, you are tugging your coat closer about you but the bitter chill still knifes its way in - there’s a plaintive song sighing in the wind-buffeted trees, and the inky blackness is closing in all around…
Lyrics and demo version link below video
Listen to the original demo version here
Rough wind, that moanest loud
Grief too sad for song;
Wild wind, when sullen cloud
Knells all the night long;
Sad storm, whose tears are vain,
Bare woods, whose branches strain,
Deep caves and dreary main--
Wail, for the world's wrong!
- Percy Bysshe Shelley