Sometimes, it takes us a decade or more to work up the nerve to do what we really want to do. In the case of "Reckoner," it took us 13 years to feel confident enough to cover it. Watching Radiohead perform in Toronto in 2006 was an indescribably large motivation for our band's earnest beginnings. As we stood in that enormous venue together, we knew that - small town punk rockers though we might have been - a long and extraordinary road lay ahead of us together, as a couple and a musical duo.
We, both personally and collectively, have been confronted with some unprecedented, deeply challenging realizations this past year. Some actual, tough decisions await us and those closest to us, none of which have anything to do with the pandemic. That's just...life.
"Reckoner" is, in our hearts, a love song dedicated to all human beings.
Singing one of Thom Yorke's melodies was a teenage dream come true for me. Ryan is the perfect foil with his effortless guitar riffing and harmonies. He could have sung lead on this just as easily, and arguably even better than I! But he's a great partner, always letting me live out my dreams. We've both been hardcore fans since the early 90's. Harmonizing the lyrics "in rainbows" over top of the bridge gave me chills. Ryan played bass, I recorded drums, and we each overdubbed some tambourine and shakers. I just loved every part of this process.
The video itself is unusual for us, as I normally process (affect / edit) footage from our cameras before rendering it into a final music video. Not this time. Every clip is the raw footage straight off of each of our four cameras. Something about this song, its sincerity and our own, inspired me to leave it all just as we shot it. We lit ourselves the way we wanted to. I just carefully lined up the footage from three takes, and cut between them as the song warranted.
We simply desire that this ballad brings you comfort, joy, tears, release. Catharsis. It is such a pleasure to perform, and it is our hope that this version of Radiohead's timeless song is a pleasure to listen to for years to come.
Because we separate like ripples on a blank shore. In rainbows.
Follow your hearts, and keep safe and warm,
Fox is out of the room making a wizard hat with Ryan - a perfect time for me to share our new video with you!
"Haunted" was shot in three sessions, on three separate days in October. You know those eerily scorching fall days just before it snows? That's the vibe here. Fox, initially, was super jazzed about having to tag along on our shoot, and by the time he got bored, one of his favourite comics, Sisters (by Raina Telemeier) kept him entertained in the forest while we shot the final aerial sequence.
In my last update, I alluded to Fox's performance in "Haunted." On one of our earlier shooting days, a dreary looking afternoon before the October mini heat wave, he ran into a shot to join me dancing. It wasn't planned. His contribution is adorable. He knew the song and followed the cues of the music. Considering that this song is largely about parenting - the pain and turmoil of watching your child grow, that coexists with regenerative joy and exhilaration - it is so fitting that he found his way into the video. And hopefully, into your heart.
That day actually marked our first attempt at shooting with the drone! Ryan had a bloody mishap trying to land it in his hand. Luckily, it was just a small cut that healed up really quickly. You can see in our behind the scenes footage below how wary Fox and I were of the drone initially. We possess a healthy aversion to dangerous technology!
"Haunted," as a song is full of love. Unbridled, unpredictable, and unsettling.
We are joined on the track by a rare third party! Nick Johannes, a revolutionary songwriter, our longtime acquaintance, and sound tech extraordinaire played bass and keyboard, augmenting the eeriness of the song with his contributions.
"Haunted" the video is full of favourites: our favourite guitars, our favourite trail spots, our favourite geological features, our favourite colours and lights. And, of course, our favourite company: each other. This video took around 6 hours to shoot, and approximately 30 hours of post-production/editing on my part.
Thanks for reading and for watching!
We hope you find yourself feeling well as this year draws to a close, and six months of winter begins. Stay cozy, eat well, and do everything you love.
OK. As I write this, I'm listening through the vinyl pre-master of our new album. YES, we are releasing a full album in a few months. We're not announcing it publicly yet. This is just what's happening; I thought I'd share it with our Partnership Society members. The new record sounds vital. Alive. The way we recorded it. Though Ryan and I are both highly experienced at mastering (our and other people's) music, this time we paid a mastering engineer to make sure it'll sound perfect on vinyl. This engineer has high end analog studio equipment that we do not have access to. Analog equipment = better sounding vinyl, in my opinion. If you're going to do something big, you might as well really go for it, right?
That's what credit cards are for...
As I finish up editing our new music video (!!!), I thought I'd share some behind the scenes moments from "Rebuild As One."
Ryan has been learning how to pilot our quadcopter mounted camera while I plan, plot, dance, and direct in front of it. Or below it, as it were. We both simultaneously have to try and keep our child feeling safe, stimulated and entertained in the process. Drones are noisy, dangerous, and kind of scary. Admittedly, that can be a challenge with a four year old! But he's an eye-brow raising artist in his own right - and he's rising to the occasion. You'll see his genius at work in our next video!
Rebuild As One took around 8 hours over the course of three days to shoot, and approximately 15 hours of editing and post production on my part.
We had such a fun, confusing, exciting, relaxing time playing in the sunshine and running around Screaming Heads (paying respect to the amazing artwork of Peter Camani + The Harvest Festival) and the forests of the Algonquin Highlands making this video at summer's end. Together, as a family. Always and forever.
We hope you feel a peaceful sense of connection having shared in this with us.
Take care until next time - I will have news close to Halloween.
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