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Vetiver: You May Be Blue
Vetiver: You May Be Blue
Artist Vetiver
Album You May Be Blue
Label Fat Cat Records
Released 2/19/2008
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During the recording and mixing of To Find Me Gone, Andy Cabic and producer Thom Monahan talked about doing something more "deconstructive and electronic" than they had previously done with Vetiver. The two tracks they picked, "You May Be Blue" and "Been So Long", stood out for various reasons. "The beginning of 'You May Be Blue,' the delayed Wurlitzer organ figure," says Cabic, "on its own suggests what might follow could be quite different from the song that does....[It also] promises some kind of electronic shuffle, and the remix is an opportunity to follow through. My favorite parts of 'Been So Long' are the harmonies of Nathan, Rachael and myself, and I wanted to create an instrumental drone dub version of that song which focuses on the backing harmonies."

Long-time studio partners, Cabic and Monahan--a.k.a. "Neighbors"--built these remixes in spurts between their busy schedules. After a lot of layering and ProTooling, practically nothing of the original "You May Be Blue" remains; the bulk of the dark and danceable instrumentation consists of keyboards played by Cabic and Otto Hauser, and electronic drums played live by both. Cabic and Monahan also reordered the basic tracks of "Been So Long" and added powerful new droney parts on the melodica and pedal steel by "Farmer" Dave Scher and the breathily intoned flute-playing of Alissa Anderson. Much additional editing wizardry on the part of Monahan helped complete the metamorphosis of these tracks with new, unique characters that sit alongside the original versions.
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