posted on July 20, 2007 at 9:18 pm

sorry no blogge yessaday
been “working” on new killer album
doing a song called wolfe
*
wolfe is mad
he cant run with the pack
things went bad
out the back
wolfe is sad
aw i dunno
crash his pad
out in the snow
its like a thousand little angels
on the point of a pin
theres no sense in describing
the place that hes in
its like a filigree diamond filched from a ring
just keep still and stop
howling
wolfe feels good
ah im not sure
if he could
anymore
wolfe cant see
ah thats no good
cant see the tree
for the wood
*
(lyrics reprinted by kind permission of sir dennis hog-wink
monopoly music 2006)
been working with electric guitars n mellotron
a mellotron is an instrument invented in the 60s
it plays back small loops of tape
its like a primitive sampler
jesus its all over every record from about 66 on
specially moody blues
genesis
the beatles n the stones
it has a keyboard like a piano
when you depress , say, a c key
a small loop of tape
of the selected instrument
will play a c note for 7 seconds
then it must needs rewind
and it cuts off
you get a certain technique working around that
it has strings
flutes
voices
trumpets etc
davy bowie went in for mellotron bigtime on diamond dogs
they have a very characteristic sound
and it adds instant “authenticity” to any olde song
like wolfe
theres 12 string guitar capoed at the 5th fret
in stereo strumming ferociously throughout
its a punky-glam kinda song
the bass pumps
the drums crash n wallop
then some television-y clean constant guitar figures
then some shoe gazery floating guitars
then some single notes that bend up n back a semitone
tim called that wolfcub howl
towards the end they come in in stereo
then some strings
some high strings
some low strings
then we find this string patch
that plays this weird little melodic loop
you depress the c note
and itd play this little melody
but the melody was made up of a number of strings
kinda harmonizing in some old1940s movie grab
a dah dah dah da da da daaah
it was real slow
i say to timbo
i bet this works
the song starts up
one two three four
bang!
i hit the c
the punk-glam song starts up
underneath it plays this unrelated string loop
et voila
my instinkt never fails me
it fits like some beatle string arranger on acid did it
all night long tim n i marvel at the trusting of the process
i just pick up the guitar n almost the 1st thing i play is perfect
trust the process
the ether is pouring this stuff down on us
dont resist it
oh its so easy
anyhow
then comes the vocal
i wanted a gruff in yer face vocal
so i go in there
with a special mike that can handle “shouting singing”
get right up close on it timbo says…like a live mike
he goes back in a fiddles around
when i start singing
my voice is whipped around in some kinda echoey thing
purrfect
the song sounds fucking amazing in the headphones
i belt out 3 or 4 versions
i do some doubles
where i try to sing along with the other voice totally wordperfect
it gives a thickness and a kind of chorusing effect
chorus effect is when two very alike things rub against each other nicely
and produce a silvery kinda sound
then i do a soft and melodic vocal
to throw in with the others
then timbo n i bang tambourines at the same time
tims got a little tambo with a “skin”
which he gets quite a complicated rhythm from
ive got an olde plastic tambo n most of the little bells’ve fallen off
im a great tambo player n i bang along enthusiastically
afterwards when we listen to it
tim turns them off
i’ll get some good ones outta here and stick em back in he says
he means he’ll sample a couple of in-time bits
and put it all thru the song
its a common process
you gain things
you lose things
by using it
but its much quicker than getting it right organically
muse : heaven forbid!
after that tim gets some harmony ideas
do whatcha like i say
im outta here
and i leave ‘im sitting there
figuring out some melodies with a guitar
my cd player is busted
so i begin the long silent drive back home
through the city n redlight areas
its raining a little
and i see the peoples faces out there hurrying about
today is nks n my wedding x
we are stretching the celebrations over 2 nights
last night was night one
nk gives me a little card with something v. nice in it
i havent got anything yet
but im up early today aint i?
see you gooseballs in the ethersoon
ttb

46 Responses to “she lets the river answer”

  1. avatar
    JUNIOR PAINKILLER | 20 July 2007 at 10:12 pm #

    Hey Killer…
    me can’t wait to hear me cry wolfe…
    Hollywood

  2. avatar
    CSTCoach | 20 July 2007 at 10:18 pm #

    just a quick note to say Happy Anniversary 🙂

    The album sounds absolutely kickass.

    ryan

  3. avatar
    verdelay | 20 July 2007 at 10:31 pm #

    I just thought of something profound to write, then realised I’d lifted it shamelessly from side 2 of Of Skins And Hearts

    Again.

    (-;

  4. avatar
    PAGEY | 20 July 2007 at 10:35 pm #

    Happy Ann you two.

    I love hearing the process in detail of your work in recording the new album. Truly fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing Mr. Killa.

  5. avatar
    ed in fl | 20 July 2007 at 10:42 pm #

    These are your best blogs – insight into the music process, or touring, things like that. Thanks for the great read today.

    ed in fl

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 July 2007 at 10:56 pm #

    Happy ‘versary Druid

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 July 2007 at 11:01 pm #

    Wow!, I never expected to see lyrics of your new songs here sk, or so much detail about the recording, it’s sounds fantastic and so different to what you’ve done before (but what do I know). So when’s it out?????

    Ciao for now,
    Amanda

  8. avatar
    Mel | 20 July 2007 at 11:02 pm #

    happy anniversary Steve!

    I love this entry. the insight to the creation. Tips and tricks of the master. thanks!

  9. avatar
    knot | 20 July 2007 at 11:15 pm #

    I enjoy the process as much as the result. The wolf is the mother of Rome, you know. All that is eternal shall remain eternal.

    Happy Anniversary ta ye married peeps, full o’ yer wedded bliss and all.

    There is water all over my hardwood floors, a flood of biblical proportions, hey din’t you predict that a few blogs back?

    get in here with a mop, Moses.

  10. avatar
    veleska1970 | 20 July 2007 at 11:34 pm #

    wow~~this album sounds like it’s going to be fuckin’ awesome!!! the storyline of “wolfe”, microphone effects, the recording process~~thanks for giving us a peek at what it’s really like. i feel like i’m almost there in the studio with you.

    “been working with electric guitars n mellotron”
    okay, here’s a big laugh for ya~~right here is where i stopped reading because i had to do a little quick, uh, “research”. i thought to myself “arrgghh!! all this repeated talk of a mellotron!! just what the hell is it, anyway?” and then i went to dictionary.com and typed in the word, got my answer, and then i went back to your blog to continue reading, all smug and sure of myself now that i knew just WHAT a mellotron was, and darn it if you didn’t literally spell it out in the VERY NEXT LINE. **blush** i’ll read through next time before i do that.

    a most very happy anniversary to you and the missus. i’m raising my champagne glass to you both. enjoy!!!

    lotza love….

  11. avatar
    Tim not the one in todays blog | 20 July 2007 at 11:57 pm #

    happy anniversary killa!

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2007 at 12:29 am #

    The killer blows the dust off
    he flips the switch
    it turns on and hisses as if the beads of sweat jolted the machine..
    The sound of itself returns and surrounds
    It hasnt felt like this in a long time
    the tambourines have awoken the wolfe..

    happy anniversary…

    jaime r…….

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2007 at 12:39 am #

    Happy Anniversary Man!The new cd’s gonna be fuckin’ awesome.Bring it on!It’s cool when it all comes together aint it?sounds like you got it right ,right now! ….when is it all gonna be released?my ears are fuckin starving man! xxA

  14. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 21 July 2007 at 1:04 am #

    Happy commemoration of SK’s life with his wife. Sk is so vastly superior to David Bowie. The latter peaked in the 1970’s. Sk has been invariably par excellance since 1988. Univited Like The Clouds is the best and the best is yet to come.

    I need to mention some American news. Michael Vick a grossly overpaid NFL Football Quarterback was indicted this week for dogfighting, dog torture, and dog-killing. He and his friends reportedly electrocuted, hung, shot, drowned and bludgeoned to death many dogs that disappointed them. Vick is an African-American. Wayne Pacelle, the President of The Humane Society of the United States reported that there is a direct correlation between gangster rap that promotes violence and dogfighting inciting young African -American men to stage and glorify dogfights.

    Sorry for the diversion. But dogs are man’s best friends. If Vick is convicted he should be used in tortuous vivisection experiments. Liberate some rats and mice from the torture. I love Kilbey, Morrissey, McCartney, Moby, Tom Scholz and Chrissie Hynde for loving animals and speaking out for the voiceless.

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2007 at 1:13 am #

    Happy Anniversera to you and NK…time to take a chilla Killa!

    Wolfe…I encountered one last Tuesday night.
    He was a beautiful 1/2 Wolfe, 1/2 German Shepard.
    Beautiful light blue tones with black/tan markings.
    His head was as wide as my chest (WOW)
    His ears topped my shoulders- I’m about 5″ shorter than you.
    He was snarling and hissing…nearly jerked his leash out of his owner’s hands.
    I was only two feet away from him.
    My muscles became so tense…I was just out for run.
    There was so much yelling going on between owners.
    I turned to see what it was about:
    Ten feet behind me was a pit bull acting the same as the Wolfe.
    I yelled some extremely obscene things at the owners…F-ed ’em off I did!
    I F-ing ran down a hill to get the F outta the fight and tore my achilles tendon. Still aches 😮

    Wolves are noble kinda. Smart I guress. I prefer foxes…they’re cute and sly.
    I had a Muse of 20 years, he was a drug king pin (I didn’t know that most of that time) — He himself is a Wolfe of sorts. He used to bring his full Wolfe to my house; I must say I was warned not to be afraid. I was a little edgy and all the ‘big dog’ did was sleep peacefully.

    We used to drive around with him too…he liked to take over. I mean, who’s gonna drive? jesus- the Wolfe-like guy was so crazy about his Wolfe. They’re beautiful creatures in the wild.

    I really love friendly dogs though…Golden Retreivers are my favorite personalities in dogs- they’re so friendly and happy.

    I love your blog Steve…it’s become a quaint cozy little ‘hangout’ for me. Love you’re fans, they play a huge role in making it that way!!

    The process? Music is like live Architecture, and Architecture is like frozen Music. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that one.

    Easily Amused in CA

    PS Goya’s Ghosts is out in theatres NOW!

  16. avatar
    eek | 21 July 2007 at 1:16 am #

    Thanks for the insight into your creation process. I can hardly wait to hear this. It sounds as if it’s going to be a real corker!

    Happy Anniversary! Good going with stretching out the celebration — work it for all it’s worth! And remember: the best gifts are those bought/made under pressure. 😉

  17. avatar
    malcolm arkey | 21 July 2007 at 1:43 am #

    Awwww…gawdamn it Steve !
    You’ve beat me to the cut again…

    (sound of my lyrics sheet being scrumpled and thrown into bin)

    I was just working on a song yesterday that contained the lyrics…

    “I’m like a wolf, my darling
    Sometimes I run with the pack
    Sometimes I howl at the moon
    Some nights I don’t look back”

    Back to the drawing board then.

  18. avatar
    dean9000 | 21 July 2007 at 2:01 am #

    I will continue the well wishes….
    Happy Anniversary… Mine is coming up in a couple of weeks as well….I love how you pulled back the curtain on your creative process…. I could read a hundred blogs like this one…heard of a mellotron but never investigated what it was….now I am going to have to research it some more…very cool sounding song….inspires me to keep writing as well…can’t wait for the new album…

    peace,

    Dean

  19. avatar
    restaurant mark | 21 July 2007 at 2:10 am #

    happy anniversary man…can’t wait to hear the record…got goose bumps hearing you describe the song…

    “but its much quicker than getting it right organically”
    muse : heaven forbid!”

    hilarious! i do all the tamborine and shaker for my band on the recordings and i do the same thing…it’s just so much quicker…but i always wish i’d gotten the whole take instead of the 2 or 4 i loop…oh well…computers

    take care

  20. avatar
    Daberhasher | 21 July 2007 at 2:11 am #

    me and my little old corduroy couch just love tales from the studio, sonic experiments and perfect accidents make my world go round… and yes, the mellotron is quite a cool instrument kind of thing…
    i’ve got the m-audio software mellotron, what fun…
    transport engaged, zero gravity, go!!!

    Happy Anniversary Lokiwolf!!!

    aloha,
    erik

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2007 at 2:25 am #

    calling down baal and zeus said…

    sometime anywhere with u must be neat,…sometimes

    ive often wondered about youre missus ,. brave women to be sure and i mean that in the best ways
    my partner in time is also a “younger woman”,…also brave ,..certainly heart of golden bells to put down with me
    as you enjoy youre x as you put it i say to
    you are more with,.. than not
    we are more with than not
    we babble
    and comment
    and linger about
    but were more with ya than not
    sometimes were more there than here
    i mean all of us
    veleska
    and mr dean
    and davison and eekand that koala bearand susea and all
    youve given us agift that is
    more here than there
    much love to yon kilbey klan
    with at the top the lucky man
    whose fall from grace was so neatly cushioned by the the women
    as we ,.. all men are
    happy anniversary dr.

    david

  22. avatar
    a guitar player | 21 July 2007 at 2:40 am #

    *chorus effect is when two very alike things rub against each other nicely
    and produce a silvery kinda sound*

    nice description of the chorus effect stevo

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2007 at 3:00 am #

    “punky/glam”,with 12 string”…….Could it get any better than that?I have faith,that youll never cease to amaze us with brilliance!……i was thinking that “mellotron” would be a perfect way to describe a lazy saturday morning…on ” auto pilot”,and indulging in saturday morning “lusheries”.. a lovely weekend to all o ya!……love as always,genx xxx

  24. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 21 July 2007 at 4:04 am #

    As I sit outside my suburban Chicago condo, I literally laugh at thousands of people in line eating McDonalds waiting and ultimately paying big money for the new Harry Potter book. Meanwhile I sit and pace in inglorious glory listening to the masterful CHURCH “Forget Yourself” CD. Next will be the superlative “Beside Yourself” Cd as my cataclysmic intemperance and vegetarian food addiction converge. We commentors are the enlightened ones while the masses adore the forsaken ones. The next SK CD will be of paramount quality. Everything Church and SK post 2000 is 5 stars. So is everything 1988 to 2000 and Heyday and Earthed and Unearthed and others. Steven Kilbey rules and he unveiled the supreme reverence for all creatures celestial rule in 1972. Two years before Macca the elder did. That’s very cool!

  25. avatar
    this is not me but then again who am i i've said enough but have not begun its now its never its alw | 21 July 2007 at 5:43 am #


    forever takes forever
    as you
    know

    know
    don’t i
    know

    i didnt
    i couldn’t
    i wouldn’t

    and doesn’t it
    show
    it must go on

    like the other
    song
    the other day

    some other way
    no
    this isn’t me

    how it was
    s’pose
    to be

    you and
    me

    me and
    you

    some
    other guy

    on the
    fly

    zip up the
    strip

    lick the
    split

    enough
    of it?

  26. avatar
    lily was here | 21 July 2007 at 6:17 am #

    LOVED this. Yeah, sk and co, the magicians, in the spacejunk studio with wicked wizardry gadgets, your instinkt, the mellotron a quirkyly named thingamejig, so juicy and obvious in strawberry fields forever, great sounds. Look fw to the new glamorous version of Wolfie. Lokiwolf, ha erik!
    Broken cd player steve?! man

    sue cee x

    ps A toast to you and nk! On this day in 1896 it was the date of the first royal command performance hee 🙂

  27. avatar
    lily was here | 21 July 2007 at 6:31 am #

    Leonard Cohen 🙂

    Found some mellotron for anyone wanting, curious – pink floyd, king crimson, beatles etc

    mellotron

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2007 at 7:12 am #

    Ooops, are they Leonard Cohens lyrics? I am a gooseball sometimes, I really should stop commenting on here!!!
    luv Amanda

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2007 at 8:19 am #

    happy anniversary, guys…i think coming home and saying to nk that you love her and your life’s a better thing with her in it may be gift enough…
    you know how much of a TEASE you’re being by telling us about your new songs before they’re available for general consumption…ARRGHHH!!!
    back at ya, genx…you have a lovely weekend too…
    steve, keep being that lone wolf we know and love so much…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  30. avatar
    Matt | 21 July 2007 at 8:52 am #

    Can’t wait to hear it, killa.

  31. avatar
    JUNIOR PAINKILLER | 21 July 2007 at 9:29 am #

    me am back for more and me am buzzed so watch out, me wood love to hear ‘a’ song directed towards Jonny Hollywood cos me Jonny Hollywood really deserves ‘a song is his wrightful name…
    Jonny Moondog

  32. avatar
    fantasticandy | 21 July 2007 at 9:43 am #

    oh, ok all this talk of mellotron has drawn me out!
    if you want to hear what one sounds ike in advance of killers new opus(which does sound rather cool)
    go to:
    http://www.myspace.com/dudesofneptune
    listen to:’socks’ and ‘you’
    and you’ll get the idea.
    steve’s right, it really is quite unique.
    we use it a fair bit!
    congrats on the nuptual thing man,
    i know you’ll find her something really thoughtful, something with a significance no-one else could guess at!
    i figure your’e yery clever at that kind of thing.
    teriffic blog today nevets!
    methinks you ‘n timbo are on a roll with this new stuff.
    we wait with baited breath!
    luv ya all,
    andy L.

  33. avatar
    damien | 21 July 2007 at 11:17 am #

    Happy anniversary, Mr and Mrs Kilbey.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2007 at 11:21 am #

    Amanda youre not a gooseball. ‘she lets the river answer’ is in the lyrics of Leonard Cohens ‘Suzanne’

  35. avatar
    davem | 21 July 2007 at 11:46 am #

    Happy Anniversary.
    Lot of love to you both. Of course I’m as excited as the rest about the new album.
    love you more,

    davem
    x

  36. avatar
    NickF | 21 July 2007 at 12:36 pm #

    ” japanese spring ” arrived in the morning/ I took it to be matted and properly framed/ it has a good home, just wanted to let you know…….

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2007 at 3:37 pm #

    so, it’s true….

    no tour of the states.

    my guitar gently weeps

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 21 July 2007 at 4:03 pm #

    hell, i liked the version of “wolfe” bootlegged from your vegan day show.

    excited. can’t wait.

    rmch

  39. avatar
    davem | 21 July 2007 at 4:52 pm #

    No US tour?
    I thought Duane had commented that dates/venues/visa were being sorted??
    Sad but not unexpected news for American fiends…………….

  40. avatar
    12str | 21 July 2007 at 5:00 pm #

    wow steven!! this was an fantastic insight….thanks man!
    going on stage in aminute or two…some weird fishrestaurant in a small place called hals in denmark….doing a duo thing with the singer in my band….we play neil young..stones…beatles…we also do hotel womb and judgement day….nice songs to end the evening of the day……
    anyhow….eager to hear wolfe!!
    take care

    //pat

  41. avatar
    don joe | 21 July 2007 at 7:08 pm #

    Very nice Steve….And I don’t mind if you are away making something for us to play and hey. Don’t let us stop your romancing the weekend with your kindred spirit. Elope and enjoy the fruit’s of your labor coz you most certainly have earnt it my friend!

    ML,
    don joe

    PS..I see we are starting our little colony too. Very impressed with this. And boo to dropping down below 100. Blasphemy I tell you!!

  42. avatar
    CSTCoach | 21 July 2007 at 10:48 pm #

    hey druid,

    didn’t have time (being) to comment last night, but wanted to echo those comments above. I really really enjoyed this insight into the creative process of your album. Very cool to see how it all comes together, how one layer is added onto the next, etc. I’ve often wondered, when listening to the choich, how the fuck you guys craft such multi-layered sound, how you know just where to put a bleep or a noise so that it enhances the entire thing. It truly floors me every time.

    Looking fwd to this new project very much.

    ryan

  43. avatar
    Melquiades | 21 July 2007 at 10:51 pm #

    I sit inside a dying sunset
    Its amber glow lying on the horizon
    Lifting my eyes to the cool evening sky
    I see you’re all around here.

  44. avatar
    snowfaller | 21 July 2007 at 11:32 pm #

    Well Happy Anniversary Killer!

    The new solo record sounds great.

    I think I’m in the world’s top 10 Mellotron fans so I’m sold for sure.

    Enjoy your celebration with nk.

  45. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 22 July 2007 at 3:02 am #

    Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues was the great mellotron man. He also had a very fine voice. He found Religion and left the band. They lost a great man and irreplaceable member of their band. “Out and In” was a great song of his.

  46. avatar
    jJ | 22 July 2007 at 4:00 pm #

    “Please believe me, the river told me,
    very softly, want you to hold me……
    freefall flow river flow,
    on and on it goes
    breathe underwater…..
    till the end
    yes, the river knows”

    Anticipating the new record down htere in the SouthLand.


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