Confession; I love sitar music.
Second confession: I have just the slightest crush on Anoushka Shankar (stop
frowning, she's way prettier than her dad)! So, all things considered,
putting work on Optimas to one side to do a track for this album was
an absolute no-brainer. Now, the sitar; well, it's far from an inexpensive
instrument, so we didn't fancy investing for what may well prove to be a
single use. And neither of us had the inclination to spend a few months
learning how to play one competently, so we had to resort to samples (just
for a change), with which we toyed slightly less mercilessly than is usually
our way, because it is such a beautiful sounding instrument anyway. So, for
the most part, the track is simply cut samples in an unconventional
sequence, delightfully accompanied by Skit banging the bass drum.
Metaphorically speaking, of course, that's sampled too, we're Magic Bullet,
not The Mahavishnu Orchestra. The intro is actually sitar too, there's
nothing but sitar and bass drum on here, even though it sounds like it in
places. Such is the resonance of the instrument, that when slowed right
down, it produces a sound like an organ (reminiscent of David Bowie's
Memories Of A Free Festival, we thought), thus the intro / outro. We
were both really pleased with the outcome of this track and spent much time
dancing round The Mmatterialisation Chamber to it, arms in the air. Like we
just didn't care. Followed by the urge for a curry...