Songs of Selenophilia : Intro / Outro songs

The past few days Maurice Carroll  and I have been in the studio polishing up some of the tunes for my upcoming moon themed EP "Songs of Selenophilia". I am so excited you guys and gals, to me it feels like a mini Novella album with all the things we are doing.

Today I'm going to talk about two songs, he song that starts the album "Sahara Moon", and the song that ends the album "Shortwave To The Moon". They are both similar yet different at the same time, and they both do their jobs beautifully.

The intro song "Sahara Moon".
I wanted this song to basically ease the listener into the album, to create a calm atmosphere and let them know they are about to go on a musical journey of some sorts. It generally starts with the sound of Desert Winds, and very gentle guitar and vocals, then slowly we introduce a little bit of trombone and piano, then BAM, beats galore to get you grooving in your seat. Its a great blend of Acoustic & Electronic, I'm super proud of it, its very noir sounding, I love it.

The album starts to pick up from there, with fully produced tunes and a mixture of some acoustic ones as well, which I will talk about in future posts.

The outro song "Shortwave To The Moon".
By far, this is my absolute favorite song, for many reasons. The song was a live one-take recording, meaning that I played and sang at the same time, I didn't want to track it, I wanted it to feel organic and natural. Its very emotive, very slow, and when Maurice periscoped my performance we got a LOT of compliments. Since its the ending song, I wanted to return to the calming atmosphere we introduced in the very beginning, so here is what we did.
I went out to the backyard on one of our clear nights, and recorded the night sounds. The familiar crickets that you hear as you slumber to your dreams. I did a few different recordings in different areas and we used two separate tracks for each ear. Then we made the song sound like its coming out of an old time radio, so the song gives you this feeling of being outside on a clear night listening to the radio in which ever era you like to be in, relaxed and calm.

As you can tell, I love creating atmospheres with little details like the "crickets" and the "winds", and I love using instruments to help EMOTE the song, like using "trombone" and "piano" to lead you into a particular direction of emotion.

I'm super excited to get back to work on this album, we have about 3 more songs to record, which I am SUPER excited about. One of them will be on Monday, so it will be a great way to start my new year by working on LunaVerse.
I'll see you next year with some fresh new updates.

Since this is the last post of 2015, have a safe and happy new year.

Into the creative beyond we go.
Shukran for reading, Love you lots,
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