Is it conceited to pick and rave about your favourite songs of your own band? Not if you had nothing to do with creating them whatsoever. Blogging-wise the situation is tricky at the moment: there's a dozen cool things I can't tell you yet. So in-between working on new music (more on that soon!) and even a brand new project as well (*bites tongue*), I've been listening to Frequency Drift. I've decided to work my way backwards, starting with their last album, LAST. Andreas and Nerissa told me that LAST was much "heavier" than all the FD albums that came before it. While I can kind of see what they mean, I also found some really nice, airy, almost poppy moments hidden in there (not that I mind heavy). If you haven't had the chance to listen to LAST yet, and you want the guided tour and shortcut, here it goes: my top 3 songs on the album!
This one was a natural favourite for me because I got to sing it at our Planetarium gig in Nürnberg in April, and when I spend a lot of time with a song, I can't help but love it. I will unashamedly confess that I didn't get straight away that it was written in 15/16, I just thought in was in 4/4. Silly me! The vocal part towards the end is in 5/4, one of my favourite rhythms at the moment. It did take some time to get it all right and on time, but now it's all the more fun to sing. It's also one of the reasons I have started exploring more contemporary sounds in my voice (think: belting). This song really begs for aggression - and then for tenderness. I love that combination! Wolfgang actually recorded a neat drum cam video of it:
I really like the melody in TREASURED. Oh, and the backing vocals... they are pretty good at "caught me with your jokes, trapped me with your voice, stunned me with your perfect face", but they totally give me goosebumps at "stashed away, the lid closed, safe from dust and prying eyes..." - it's an eyes-closing moment. Then there's a soft rock guitar moment that sounds kind ironic and sincere at the same time, and then the whole thing develops into full mayhem. Pretty dark lyrics. What's not to love?
Unfortunately the album version with the amazing backing vox is just, well... on the album. You can find it on Spotify and all the other usual suspects.
I knew merry from the video that Frequency Drift put out. A friend of mine watched it and thought it was way, way too weird and I think it made him feel uncomfortable. And yes, it is all the right kinds of awkward, but it captures the essence of the song really well. I have to ask the guys how they came up with it, and where they had all that ridiculous vintage footage from? It's nostalgic and sweet and scary and really a bit of a mind fuck - and the song itself is also pretty sticky to the ear. I also love the soft vocal part towards the end. Oh and the auditory harp rainbows? AMAZING!!
See and listen for yourself!
Honourable mention: DIARY
It's an ear-catcher! It starts so pop-happy, then it clouds over like a sunny sky. The lyrics are almost funny! "When will you understand that I just waited for you to get my jokes?" Melanie Mau does a great job on the whole record, but I particular like her singing in this song. It is such an ear worm, I had it going around my head all day yesterday and the day before that. I also think it's one of the sweetest e-harp parts on the whole album.