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Marker Starling/Ha Ha Collective - Silk Rock

Release Date: 29 Aug 2020
Format:
7"
Label:
Tin Angel Records
More Info:

"Silk Rock is a new standalone track, which, with ninth album HIGH JANUARY, takes Toronto's Chris A.Cummings deeper into the Markerverse.Rather than record a B-side, the novel decision to record two separate versions was made.The Marker Starling version was recorded first, with visiting Canadian Cummings (aka Marker Starling, also the song's composer) on a day trip to Wilton Way studio in London with his regular UK backing band: Euan Rodger (drums), Joe Carvell (bass) and Andy Whitehead (guitar).Joined for this occasion by fellow Canadian Ian Daniel Kehoe (guest vocals) and a 3-piece choir (Victoria Rose Hamblett, Marie Merlet and Aurora Barrett), the group recorded the song in one day, including overdubs.A long-gestating idea which had its origins in the late nineties, the Silk Rock concept had been auditioned and scrapped many times over in Cummings' home demo lab in Toronto.The main riff had been the basis of many earlier versions.The breakthrough happened with the addition of the chorus - the "can I be myself" section - and the instrumental bridge which uses different chords than the main body of the song.The coda section ("out of this nightmare and into your own dreams") was also a later addition.The second version of the song, by London's Haha Sounds Collective and featuring Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier on lead vocals, was recorded subsequently over several sessions, as it was a more elaborate affair involving 12 musicians.Also recorded at Wilton Way by Syd Kemp, the second version takes the initial concept and stretches it out, giving it breathing space and a huge mood.It pares the idea down to its essence, then builds it up vertically, stacking instruments and colours, creating an altogether different experience.SILK ROCK written by Chris A.Cummings (SOCAN)SILK ROCK (Marker Starling version)Personnel:Joe Carvell - bassChris A.Cummings - Wurlitzer, Clavinet, Philicorda organ, Moog Voyager, lead vocalsIan Daniel Kehoe - guest vocalistEuan Rodger - drumsAndy Whitehead - guitarVictoria Rose Hamblett, Marie Merlet, Aurora Barrett - choir Recorded at Wilton WayEngineered by Syd KempMixed by Vincent HivertMastered by Paul RannaudSILK ROCK (Haha Sounds Collective version)Arranged by Haha Sounds CollectivePersonnel:Laetitia Sadier - lead vocalsVictoria Rose Hamblett, Cathy Lucas, Silvia Fiore, Anthony Kastelanides, Milan Monk, Arthur Sajas - choirJoel Burton - pianoSyd Kemp - bassAlex McKenzie - fluteMilan Monk - vibraphoneCedric Monzali - drumsNathan Pigott - percussion, tenor saxophone and alto saxophone 1Arthur Sajas - guitarJoseph Stone - alto saxophone 2Recorded at Wilton WayEngineered and mixed by Syd KempMastered by Jason MitchellLYRICSTrying to find a wayTo tell it all, all, all nowTrying to find a wayTo set it downTrying to find a wayTo tell it all, all, all nowTrying to find a wayTo set it downSpending too much timeOn the wrong thingsSpending too much timeGetting it wrongTrying to find a wayTo tell it all, all, all nowTrying to find a wayCasting it downCan I be myself?Can I be myself again?Can I be myself?Can I be myself again?Can I be myself?Can I be myself again?Can I be myself?Can I be myself again?Spending too much timeOn the wrong thingsSpending too much timeGetting it wrongSpending too much timeSpending too much timeCan I be myself?Can I be myself again?Can I be myself?Can I be myself again?Can I be myself?Can I be myself again?Can I be myself?Can I be myself again?Out of this nightmare and into your dreamsOut of this nightmare and into your dreamsOut of this nightmare and into your dreamsOut of this nightmare and into your dreamsYou can succeed if you concentrate on your own thingYou can succeed if you concentrate on your own thingYou can succeed if you concentrate on your own thingYou can succeed if you concentrate on your own thingOut of this nightmareBlack 7"""

Marker Starling/Ha Ha Collective