First Session 12th -19th September 2009

29 December 2009

Emery arrived on Sunday 12th September at 10:10 am from Milan. Clay and I picked him up at Tegel Airport.

We had a week to start the record. This was the hardest part of the session because there were many technical hurdles to overcome before we could track smoothly. We began with As It Comes and chipped away until it felt good. The original demo of this I sung in a London accent. There’s a kitchen sink feel to it, like the musings of a guy who was in his 30’s in the 60’s and who is now in his late 70’s.  I got very attatched to the accent. I modeled it on Nigel Godrich and Ian Dury. Emery was adamant it should be sung with my voice. This was hard but ultimately a good call on Emery’s part.

We moved onto another song and finished this with half a day to go. We started recording a third song but abandoned it as it needed a middle 8. There is a cool photobooth near where I live. We took this picture to commemorate our first week.

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3 Responses to “First Session 12th -19th September 2009”

  1. Aubrey says:

    fran, please do a duet with cookie monster on this record. that would make me, and surely half the world ecstatic. 😀 please please please! he could even help you write the song

  2. Elodie says:

    Hey Fran.. Sorry if came across the request on twitter before. Can you put up the 2nd chord in the chorus of ‘As It Comes’? I’m stuck after the Am chord. It’d be very cool! This song has a huge potential… I’d really like to cover it with a guitar and violins.
    Fran said ” I think it’s Fminor and resolves to C. It’s one of the coolest chord changes I’ve ever stumbled uopn”

  3. Elodie says:

    thanks a lot Fran. It works perfectly well… And indeed, it is one of the coolest resolution for a Fminor chord, it just fits well, in the same way as a G turned into an Em or a D turned into a Bm… anyway, I promised you a cover, so I’ll work it out soon and send it to you! 😉

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