Monday, March 14, 2016

Cover of Low's Plastic Cup

In December of 2015 I stumbled across a concert (Low Live on KEXP) and was mesmerized by the sparseness of their sound.  The concert can be viewed here: Low Live KEXP

'Plastic Cup' stuck with me and my acoustic set-list needed a couple of more songs.  I figured it out on acoustic, rehearsed it a few times and, since I was on holidays, recorded a cover version.

I thought about turning it into a wall of sound ala the Psychedelic Furs circa 'Forever Now' but decided what I liked best about it was its sparseness and gentle rolling melody.  I kept it fairly true to form using just one one electric guitar, one bass and a drum program resembling Beck's 'Beer Can.'  I was going to add harmony vocals but decided not to except in the 'ooo's' in the bridge.  The lead vocal was my scratch vocal but I decided to keep it.  Normally I pull back on vocals since my range is a little better than zilch but this seemed to work and I was in tune so why not?  I also sped up the tempo a little bit so its like Low after four or five coffees.

The song is mixed but not mastered.  I found that any compression took the edge of off my jangling guitar and added reverb took away rather than enhanced the song so I left it as the dry mix.
Three months later, as I write this, I could have enhanced the volume a little as it is a tad quieter than most other videos on You Tube.  I kept the video minimalist in the spirit of the song. It actually took longer to upload it (6 plus hours) then it did to record and mix the song and make the video.

As I write this, it has been wildly unpopular ( 2 views in three months) so check it out.  Only you can get it to three.


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