Back into the Woods

We had a long break over Christmas, resuming recording with two days of drums at The Playroom on 14th and 15th January. Dave Cottrell played beautifully on the five tracks, transforming the sequenced drum tracks with his wonderful, creative playing.

DC was my first choice to play drums with Trees, and had been at the first couple of rehearsals back in 2015, but has been in constant demand since then. We met before Christmas, and he expressed his wish to play on this set of tunes. He had two free days between tours, so I booked the studio.
His playing on the tracks was transformative. His time, feel, energy and sound have brought the music even more to life. On 23rd January, I spent half a day replacing the programmed bass parts with my fretted and fretless Ibanez electrics, and my Paul Bryant acoustics, both pizzicato and arco, which meant that the rhythm section was entirely live at last.

Mike Saunders and I spent the rest of the day editing and preparing the tracks for the woodwind sessions on 8th and 15th February.

Yesterday (23rd January), I spent a day recording bass parts: electric on ‘Dakar’ and acoustic on the other four tracks. It was a long day: 10:00 till 18:00, and I was really tired at the end, but it was a very productive day.

The tracks now have human basses, drums, keyboards and brass. We have two sessions booked to record reeds and flutes, and then it will be percussion, guitars and voices.