A few days ago, I posted a cover of a traditional tune called “Donal Og” that featured a drone performed on my electric violin. After I finished the song, it occurred to me that it might be funny to try the same kind of arrangement for a totally different kind of song, so that I could make that new song creepy and weird. I wrestled with possibilities — how big a joke did I want this to be? I eventually decided that it might be kind of cool to create an unsettling sort of chant-ish version of Simon and Garfunkle’s “The Sound of Silence.” It’s been covered in a few different ways, ranging from the straight-up copy to the more…interesting (by which I mean louder, faster, and, um, metal-er). My version goes neither of those ways, but I appreciate the uncomfortable sound of the Nevermore cover.
Once I got started on it and struggled with the harmonies over that particular drone, I decided to let it be disturbing and a little dissonant. I never could figure out a way to get the tension in it to resolve, and I think that’s OK. The percussion is mostly an experiment in further tension.
It’s not the best work I’ve ever done, vocally or instrumentally, but it was an interesting experiment in uncomfortable music for me, so I don’t mind it too much.