Excalibur

It’s now been over a year since I last posted an update on the LP. For some reason, I thought it might be a good idea to make the penultimate track on the album clock in at over six minutes, which probably hasn’t helped matters.

To be fair, I have had a lot going on outside the world of music, and despite this I have managed to do a remix and another new track over the course of this year, so 2022 hasn’t been entirely fruitless. I do also have a number of new works in progress, and whilst my priority remains getting the album finished, there may also be an accompanying EP in the pipeline.

And so to Excalibur, another one that I have spent far too much time on. The main mood of what I was trying to achieve had been set in stone for sometime, but when I sat down to start expanding on the arrangement it took a bit of work to settle on something that really worked. In the end, I’ve gone for a mixture of guitar and xylophone to carry the main melody, along with a supporting cast of hammond organ, bassoons, tuba and some analogue synthesizer. There’s quite a bit of attention to detail going on here, which may be a bit lost given that I’m not expecting many listeners to persist this far down the tracklist.

This is one of the few guitar heavy tracks on the album (see also Gyratory), despite being something that I used to once consider as my primary instrument (although I’d probably say I’m more of a bass guitarist nowadays). So it’s good to have a moment on the album where I get the opportunity to add a bit of twang.

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