Paint the Town (EP)
- 1. Paint the Town (lyrics) (download)
I wasn't even going to use this song on the EP at first, but curiosity got the best of me and I decided to do it. The first time I played it with Danny on keyboard with synthesized brass, it just clicked. I'm a big fan of the double tracked vocals. The whole thing sounds very grand and pompous, and who doesn't feel like that sometimes?
- 2. Sea of Green, Sky of Blue (lyrics)
This song's got a very catchy chorus, you won't be able to forget it. Danny sings this one on the recording. When I made this song I didn't think there would be vocal harmonies all the way through, but after putting some here and some there, eventually the whole song had at least two vocals going at the same time.
- 3. All I Need (lyrics)
This is probably my least favorite out of these five songs, I thought it would've turned out better. The first time I tried to overdub vocals, I realized how incredibly slow the whole thing was. So I sped it up. Maybe doing a version that isn't overdubbed and completely sewn together would do it justice, it just sounds a little sterile right now. I guess that's why you put filler in the middle. :-)
- 4. Shelley (Please Don't Lie) (lyrics)
I like this song, it's got a good vibe. The mellotron flutes and guitar go together very well and that C7/Bb chord pounding on is, for me at least, irresistible. The song structure is unique in that it starts with an instrumental version of the bridge, kind of like "I Am the Walrus" by The Beatles.
- 5. Tattoo on Her Shoulder (lyrics)
Sounds like an ocean this one, the modeled tape delay applied to basically everything but the drums does it I think. That and the petite (I hate that word) falsetto vocals which sound very "free". I wanted this one last because it's the most downbeat one, very calming, like...an ocean.
NotesRelease date: 01/06/12
Filip Mandaric: Drums, Bass, Keyboard, Programming, Vocals
Danny Chau: Guitar, Vocals (Track 2)
Recorded at California State University San Marcos; mixing & mastering: Filip Mandaric.
A full length album would be good, should probably get the support of a record label by then. This project will probably be a little more refined and a little more "now" sounding than Paint the Town. If you know any labels or people who would like to support a project like this, let us know! We're gonna need funds for recording as well as distribution and promotion.