I’m still working on this electric stuff, so I decided to try another bit of slightly creepy, wobbly guitar action. This time, I also wanted to experiment with percussion for slightly unusual time signatures (in this case, 6/4), which turns out to be kind of annoying to do in Garage Band. Still, I took a shot. The song is (for my local audience, anyway) a bit obscure: a-ha’s Locust, from their 1993 album Memorial Beach. It’s actually pretty complicated — there’s a lot going on in the bass and percussion, never mind the melodic bits, and I’ve always liked the atmosphere of it. My version is (necessarily) quite a lot simpler, but I enjoyed figuring it out, even if I didn’t end up doing all of the complicated stuff.
I thought about trying to replicate the bass line (which I really like in the original) and perhaps throw some violin on this thing, but in the end I stuck to just playing the electric guitar and looping some percussion. I didn’t do the talky bit because, frankly, it sounded Elvis-silly when I tried it, so I found a way to sing it. If I’d had a bit more time, I would’ve done the chorus vocals differently and added an instrumental break, but I decided to skip along. Maybe someday I’ll throw a break in there in a different version.