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 Post subject: Re: What are you playing at the moment?!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:04 pm 
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This is obviously inspired by All Stripped Down. But it started with me trying to copy Renata Rosa's song Jurema. Fortunately I'm not very good at copying stuff, so it ended up sounding like something i made up (at least I think so...). The call and response nature of the song, and the kind of medieval-oriental background melody I ended up with gave me associations to ancient rituals. So that's what inspired the lyrics, along with a little bit of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, I think. Strange sacrifices in the middle of a small town...

https://soundcloud.com/mikael-borg-6493 ... umman-demo

And here's Renata Rosa - Jurema if you want to compare:



Translation (for those who want to read it):

Summan av kardemumman (this translates as "the sum of the cardamom" - a rather ridiculous expression roughly meaning "the long and short of it")

Gather everyone at by the pizzeria (if there is one place to buy food in a small Swedish village it will be a pizzeria. Very rarely run by an Italian, more likely by someone from the Balkans, or, these days, a refugee from Syria)
Everyone has to come
Everyone has to go along

Tell the pig the leave the sty
Everyone has to come
Everyone has to go along

Hoist him up
To the tree top
Even though the pig screams:
STOP!
Bang the drum
Don't cry sweetheart
This is the sum of the cardamom

Place everyone in a row
Everyone has to come
Everyone has to go along

Give them each a fanzine (medlemsblad really means a small magazine given to members of an association)
Everyone has to come
Everyone has to go along

Send forward
a sacrificial lamb
No it's time for the
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMES
Bang the drum
Don't cry sweetheart
This is the sum of the cardamom

Choose the biggest loser in town
Everyone has to come
Everyone has to go along

Tie him to the trunk of the tree
Everyone has to come
Everyone has to go along

Paint him red
Play pretend he's dead
dress him up in
CRISP BREAD ("knäckebröd" - perhaps the essential Swedish bread)
Bang the drum
Don't cry sweetheart
This is the sum of the cardamom


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I had been out of high speed data and only just had the chance to listen to this. Very interesting song. I hear both an Eastern and Western musical influences in here, with a really good balance to it. Bravo again Mikael, really dig it.

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MikeWaits wrote:
I had been out of high speed data and only just had the chance to listen to this. Very interesting song. I hear both an Eastern and Western musical influences in here, with a really good balance to it. Bravo again Mikael, really dig it.


Thanks Mike. It's interesting when you write lyrics off the top off your head and don't really know what they're all about. You can go back and interpret your own words. :D

I'm thinking that this is really about my deep-rooted fear of collective behavior. Hey, I don't even feel comfortable doing a sing-along at a concert. Maybe part of it is growing up in Sweden - a country that thinks of itself as being very non-nationalistic, but has all sorts of very powerful unspoken rules about how to behave. And we do have some strange rituals - like compulsively watching Donald Duck at Christmas, or doing the frog dance at midsummer:



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mikalebrug wrote:
I'm thinking that this is really about my deep-rooted fear of collective behavior. Hey, I don't even feel comfortable doing a sing-along at a concert. Maybe part of it is growing up in Sweden - a country that thinks of itself as being very non-nationalistic, but has all sorts of very powerful unspoken rules about how to behave. And we do have some strange rituals - like compulsively watching Donald Duck at Christmas, or doing the frog dance at midsummer:


Haha, I'm exactly the same way, and I can't really explain to myself why. Sing-alongs and clap-alongs at concerts are embarrassing. It makes sense to do it, out of respect for the band and the mood at the concert, but I cringe at the thought and my body just won't (or sometimes very half-heartedly and reluctantly, for a couple of seconds, just to not be a party pooper).

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Love the arrangement. You really got all those instruments to toe the line!

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So this song would really need some real electric guitars. I don't have one. So I use my acoustic and feed it through the amplifier in Garageband. It sounds ok but doesn't really have the bite of a real electric guitar.

This started out as an experiment trying out the accordion with different amplifiers and some basic chords. I couldn't come up with a refrain until i bicycled past a window with the sign "Allt ska bort!" (Everything must go!). It ended up being some kind of surreal, dystopic mess. Again. :P

I also tried to Waits things up a little, by getting a pot and a lid from the kitchen and banging on those, then sampling the best parts. I think it turned out quite well.

https://soundcloud.com/mikael-borg-6493 ... -bort-demo

If anyone is interested in the lyrics, here's a translation:

Lasse was like everybody else
until the day he stopped being an asshole

Congratulations to the new child!
Dare one ask what race it is?

Some said that Siv was terminally ill
others said she was just lazy

Ville shot a giant walrus
Now all the pensioners can get food

Everything must go!
Throw away the old medicine
Everything must go!
Update the death machine
Everything must go!
Put a clockwork in the orange

Without a villa, boat and nerve gas
Marianne just didn't feel whole

When they started dismembering the body
Jan felt the mood in the room was getting stiff

If you get near the top
A lot of people want to see you fall

People are shouting "Death to all!"
Sjunghoppfaderallanlalla (this is nonsense lyrics, part of Sweden's most famous drinking song)
 
Everything must go!
Wipe off your unhappy face (reference so Swedish childrens' song)
Everything must go!
Throw away the warmed up penguin
Everything must go!
Save nothing but the latrine
Everything must go!
Be prepared with the poisoned praline
Everything must go!
Pour out the can of gasoline
Everything must go!
Set fire to the shortest fuse


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Not bad but needs mandolin!

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Ok, two songs this time. None of them to be taken seriously...

The first is my take on a seasonal favorite. I took the melody and arrangement from Jockey Full of Bourbon, the falsetto from Temptation and combined it with the lyrics to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

https://soundcloud.com/mikael-borg-6493 ... d-reindeer

The second sounds very Waitsian, but was in fact inspired by the latest album from Marvin Pontiac (aka John Lurie). "Ålahuve" is a South Swedish dialectal way of saying "ålhuvud", which means "eel head" - a classic Scanian insult. The guitar and harmonica solos aren't exactly great, but I wanted to keep things spontaneous, so kept them. Everything is first takes on this track.

https://soundcloud.com/mikael-borg-649334888/a-lahuve


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Two new song demos

No More Reasons [Rough Demo]
https://soundcloud.com/mikedurhamsolo/n ... rough-demo

Give Me a Call [A Sharp Demo]
https://soundcloud.com/mikedurhamsolo/g ... sharp-demo

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https://soundcloud.com/mikael-borg-6493 ... domsminnen

This one started with me listnening to a lot of Ralph Carney tracks and especially a "drone" piece called D Tune. "I can drone too", I thought and started working with the accordion. In the end it sounds a little north Indian, there is a lot of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in there.

The lyrics were sort of stream of consciousness to begin with, and then were a bit more organized into fragments of memories from my childhood. (Barndomsminnen means "childhood memories"). We used to play a lot in abandoned buildings and factories (I'm glad our parents didn't know. It was really dangerous). In an abandoned mansion in the poshest area in town we found a diary from the last inhabitant - a woman writing about the slow death of her husband. There really was a Mange, Flum and UFO, but I can't recall their faces now. And we one found a dead moose, although it wasn't covered with snow. And of course we smashed a few windows, but we were never questioned by the cops.

So all in all, fairly personal, but embellished for rhyming reasons. Also there is sort of a sinister quality to the song, which wasn't there at all in my childhood. You could actually take the same lyrics, more or less, put a happy country beat to them, and get a completely different song.

Do you remember the scary factory?
and how you said that I was mean
When we climbed into the darkness
until we found a secret room

Do you remember the abandoned house
Do you remember the diary we found?
How she wrote that he was getting worse
How she saw her dead husband

Do you remember the sheer drop into the ocean?
Do you remember the sun that sank down
Do you remember Mange, Flum and UFO?
You'll soon remember them no more

Do you remember the attic filled with junk?
Do you remember the loft filled with hay?
A bush had grown right through the car
A moose carcass covered with snow

Do you remember how we smashed the window?
Do you still hear the sound?
"Now don't say anything to the cops"
Wasn't that what you said?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:21 am 
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I haven't been on here much lately Mikael, but I have been listening to your tunes on Soundcloud. I love how your music constantly evolves, and you get better all of the time.

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