Drew Harris aka Germany Germany is an absolute hero and in the run up to the release of his new album Adventures on Sunday 15th May he has agreed to come talk about 5 songs from the record which are all available from here for FREE.
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I’m really honoured to be writing a guest post for my friends here at
A Pocket Full Of Seeds! Marcus asked me to talk a little about the songs that I’ve already shared from the album I’m releasing on Sunday.
Germany Germany – Cold Hands
Cold Hands has been a work in progress for a long time. Originally this whole album was just an EP called Cold Hands and it was only five songs. This track is one of the darker-sounding tracks on the album, I was experimenting with sampling my vocals and running them through bitcrushers and other sound destruction plugins. Some of the vocal samples near the end are from a song called Home that I made last year (free download at http://distorteddisco.com/releases/germanygermany/electrolove).
Germany Germany – Too Fast
Too Fast is another one that I’ve been working on a long time. This whole album is my first without a dedicated female vocalist helping me out and I’ve really tried to increase the amount of vocals in my songs. You’ll notice that all five of these tracks have vocals in them… that’s a big deal for me.
Germany Germany – Natural feat. Donne of TLGLTP
This song’s kind of based on a Donny Hathaway sample. Donne and I had been talking about working together on this for a long time and we finally managed to record together in Vancouver, the morning after Germany Germany’s previous show there. We were both running on only a couple hours of sleep and recorded this in Bear Mountain’s studio. Really happy with how it turned out though, definitely going to work with Donne again in the future. Her main project is called Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party, all good friends of mine.
Germany Germany – Just Go feat. Steffaloo
The intro samples (which also run through the whole song) are from a Brian Eno song from his ambient album “The Pearl”. I really dig this album a lot, it’s great for thinking. Not super relaxing as the songs do sound kind of tense.. really fits a pensive mood. Steffaloo and I had been talking about working on things for a while and this was our first song together… we’ve got some big ideas coming up soon but I’d rather keep that under wraps for the time being. Fear of Tigers, who released one of my favorite albums of last year, tweeted me, saying that he dug this track. I was stoked.
Germany Germany – Take Me Home
Take Me Home, the closing track to Side One of Adventures, is one of the songs that I started and worked on until it was done. I’d rather not say exactly how long I spent on this song because I don’t think that’s an accurate measure of the effort an artist puts in. I put together a video (here) for this track out of clips from a full-length film a girl in Germany sent me (she used me music for the film) – she’s actually currently working on a proper video for Natural, which I’m really excited for, she’s very talented.
I seriously hope you will go and buy the album after reading this because there’s no way you wont enjoy it. Get the album here. We will have our full review up on Sunday.
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