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BACKGROUND: We wanted to offer something completely different from our preceding upload ("Space Gun"). So, we went back and decided on the acoustic "AS THE CROW FLIES" from our 5-Song EP "HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL" (or "HDIMYF" as we often refer to it). Another reason we re-visited HDIMYF is because that EP marked a monumental shift in the band's trajectory on many different levels. Several tracks on HDIMYF - including the title track (How Does It Make You Feel) and the drum-driven (Incantations) were so different from all of our prior material, we look back on HDIMYF as the release that marked the time and date when we made a huge leap forward in our sound and our artistic direction. The EP also provides a hint of what was to follow - which was the "STONE FLY" album. On HDIMYF we truly broke free of any limitations imposed by our prior work on Beggars & Thieves (our debut album). HDIMYF also marks Clay's debut as "lead vocalist" and is the starting point for our "twin-lead vocalist" approach.
CLAY: I remember having fun playing with the vocal harmonies and it was a lot of fun to record because I was just discovering that I could do that kind of thing. It has a slight flavor of medieval fanfare with the synth. The soft guitar lead sort of represents the symbolic crow taking off in flight. It’s interesting how much better [the HDIMYF] tracks sound compared to Beggars & Thieves even though we were using the same equipment. The acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and vocal sound production is a huge leap forward from Beggars & Thieves, but I don’t remember doing anything different. Perhaps we had better microphones.
ROB: As The Crow Flies has a bit of a haunting nature to it, with its lyrical inferences of breaking free of life's rules and confusions, of youthful longing, and the ever-present wanderlust and desire to "if I might, hitch a ride, my friend." I refer to the song's nature as "dark psychedelia." I remember we were listening to a lot of Celtic music at the time as well, so that had some definite influence on the song. I remember being excited about the vocal harmonies too, as these were among our first attempts where we started focusing on vocal harmonies in our songs. You can hear the vocal tracks are not perfectly in sync in places, but to me the fact that they are not perfect just adds to the honesty of the recording and the vocals.
In the end, it was Clay's contribution on synth, guitars, and vocals, combined with the bass guitar work, that truly make the song. I love the soft guitars on the end third of the song. Clay did such a tasteful job of accenting the song.
We realize "As The Crow Flies" is completely different from "Space Gun." We wanted to change it up a little bit. As always, we really appreciate any spins and any feedback/comments that might be offered.
We hope people enjoy this short little haunted song.
PS - If anyone is interested in the lyrics, let us know and we will post them.
The Foothill Tribe