(I posted this yesterday, but the mix needed reworking. I have since remixed it and reposted it below. I am pleased with this version. Consider it a keeper, and download it for your listening enjoyment!)

Today marks the one-year anniversary of this blog. To celebrate, here is my first new recording in 3.5 years. My new recording gear arrived in the mail yesterday, and no sooner was it out of the box than I had a song completed.

I chose Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” because it is an all-time favorite song of mine. Plus, it’s really easy to play. I know I would not exactly be a virtuoso (not that I ever was) after a 3+ year hiatus from the guitar. In terms of production, I borrowed heavily from textural cues in David Lynch’s music, and Sparklehorse as well (It is no coincidence that the two collaborated for an album before Mark Linkous’s death). I also love the dark, sparse atmospherics of Marissa Nadler’s music and kept her folk/ambient balance in mind as I recorded this. I love tremelo, Ebow, and heavy reverb, in case you cannot tell.

I remember first seeing the video for Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” on VH1 in 1993. I was caught up in the swoon of slide guitars and Hope Sandoval’s sultry, smoky vocals.

My own version of this song is an attempt to capture the same atmospheric warmth, but with different arrangements. I tuned my low E guitar string down to low C for the Ebow part that plays under the chorus vocal, recorded a second Ebow in a higher register, and a few tremelo guitars. Had a blast doing so, too.

The cover photo is my creative workspace with musical equipment in it for the first time in over three years. I took a hiatus from music to write my first book, and now I am writing a second with collaborator Amanda Lynch. So this was an “Invasion of Equipment” kind of alien experience. The cats climbed inside my acoustic guitar case and tried to sharpen their claws on its foam padding, with little success.

Enjoy the recording.

Fade Into You (Mazzy Star Cover) by Saint_Upid