A Love to Live For

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The end of Shui brings a return to the loopy minimalism found on Drawn by a Still. Jordan played this guitar line in Columbia in late 2003, and everyone in the room just really liked the vibe of it. Matt put a simple electro beat together to serve as a metronome, and Jordan suggested adding a few specific notes on synth, and we just let it loop. There was at one point a fourteen minute long version of this song. Jordan did some improvisation on guitar overtop of the repeating back melody, and Melissa played about an hour's worth of piano overtop this track as it looped. Some extra synth parts were later overdubbed, but the repitition was probably a little much for something on an album, as opposed to a meditation tape or whatever. In 2004, Matt recorded new parts on acoustic and electric guitar, and tried some other drum sections out. Anything more than a simple beat really took away from the relaxed feel of the song though, so we kept the original loop. Sometime in May or June 2004, Jordan came to Columbia and recorded the guitar for what is now the end. Which is good because Matt really had no idea how to wrap the song up.

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from Shui, released August 18, 2005

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