April 2009: Cute Destroyer
Ok, here we go. Our first free track for this website project
We wanted to start out with something that's at the same time very inherently Viola-like, but still out of our current comfort zone, so we chose to do something we've been wanting to do for a while now: ROCK.
Obviously, the word "rock" has a bit of an ironic meaning in the Viola-context, so don't expect us to start sounding like Radiopuhelimet, but still it felt really good to just bash in an under 3-minute track after a few years of disco inferno. I actually realized that I hadn't played drums on a Viola record after recording some stuff for Anything Can Stop Us in 2005 (there was just some samples and loops of earlier stuff on Wonderabilia and Melancholydisco 2), so that was especially nice.
But the most triumphant comeback is by an old Viola-favorite: mountaintop geetaars, the lack of which is quite possibly the worst problem with our few latest releases! If you're unfamiliar with the concept, please check out the beginning of Bed Of Roses by Bon Jovi. Or Stargazing by Viola. Whichever you prefer.
The basis of this track is actually a loop we made while preparing Melancholydisco 2 in my old flat in Töölö some time around December 2007. We got a really cool uptempo thing going on, but decided to ditch the idea for later as it didn't seem to fit the Melancholydisco-concept. I'm glad we did as I think the less-electronic-more-electric format did the track far more justice.
But the coolest thing of all is that even though this track is 2:54 long, we were able to cram it full of tiny Viola-trademarks.
At the moment, this way of working - making one track every single month and putting it online instantly - feels really really good. It's just really cool that less than an hour before people get to hear the track, I was making final mix and master tweaks and that the vocals of the track were recorded about a week before it's release (and if I know Riku at all, the lyrics were written about a week and a day ago). I just love the spontaneity. By limiting our time we force ourselves to focus on the bare essentials. That said, this song still had over 50 tracks of stuff on it. So much for "bare essentials"...
We really really really hope you like the track and that you leave at least some sort of comment about it here!