Song #324 of 9999
Title: Saint Dude
Artist: Frank & Jeff
Album: Beck's Song Reader, Songs 1-10
"Saint Dude" is one of three or four songs from Beck's Song Reader that really stood out for me. When we got to this track, I realized we were working with some really special material. A few of the songs started to remind me of stuff from Mutations, still my favorite Beck album.
Marked with a tempo marking of "Abiding," the song has a reverential feel to it. The lyrics struck me as equal parts apocalyptic and futuristic. I suggested to Jeff that we try to incorporate a backward vocal flourish on the chorus, kind of hinting at the vacuum of space and he nailed it. It's a great mix. The keyboards (also by Jeff) add a bit of contrasting warmth to a cool musical environment. One of my favorite recordings from this session.
As an aside, our first track caught the attention of a blog devoted to Song Reader recordings called Fax Machine Anthems. You can check it out here: http://whiskeyclonenet.tumblr.com/.