Ruined Root and Branch

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Another commanding line, this almost got a much faster beat, but after stumbling across some old samples he'd been meaning to use for a while, Matt realized this sounded much better with a slower rhythm. The drums are actually from a nice stereo recording of Jordan, Matt, and Tony Topper kicking the hell out of a giant Peavey mixer in Jordan's backyard in 1999. The sliding kick drum is actually the sound of the mixer hitting the ground and sliding down the snow! It proved difficult to get a good tone for this track on the electric guitars, so in 2003, Jordan re-recorded the guitar line on our Harmony acoustic guitar, and it brought in much needed sonic depth to the song. Not accounting for previous mixdowns of synths & drums and the like, this song had about sixteen tracks.

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from Shui, released August 18, 2005

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