You Are Here: Track 9: Rhyme
With only a few days before the release of You Are Here, our behind the scenes look at the creative process reaches track 9, Rhyme.
As we covered earlier, this is the sister to track 2 on the album, Reason. In fact, we intended to title the tracks “Reason...” and “... And Rhyme” but when it got to saving file names with ... Mac said no and we quickly went off the idea.
We were in deliberately bucolic mode when we recorded Rhyme. We tried to make it so that the rhythm emerged gently with the acoustic guitar and gradually built up hypnotically. The instrumentation is much more scarce than most of the other tracks on the album. In fact, the piano line was only added at the end of the process, just before the mixing stage.
As we mentioned earlier, Reason and Rhyme were written concurrently, separately, with the intention of the two characters which feature throughout the album each voicing their own version. So, Mark wrote the basis of Reason, while Martin wrote Rhyme.
We had agreed on the structure and melody of each version before this stage and the two songs were intended to both share the same vocal melody, albeit in a completely different mood and setting. The only trouble is, Martin changed the melody on his version. So, keen ears will notice that the melody for the first two lines of the verse is different in each song, but the rest of the verse is identical. We liked the effect so we didn’t re-record either of the lead vocal tracks.
Those keen listeners will also have noted that Rhyme steals a verse from Reason! (“We are the raindrops, we are the flood...”). The idea was to reflect the confluence of the two spirits. The only point on the album where the two characters are together.
So, we’re left with the most laid back and melodic song on the album. But it didn’t escape our experimentation with complex vocal arrangements later in the recording process. Perhaps more subtle on this one, but there are still a growing number of counter harmonies and melodies as the song builds.
You Are Here is released on 1st July 2019.