[DEAD LETTER SESSIONS] Untitled/Josh Woodward

Last song for the year!

I cannot believe things went by so fast. I cannot also believe that I managed to cover 17 songs this year. There were more I wanted to do, but stuff didn’t work out at times; hoarse voice, workload, disappearing collaborators – the usual stuff. Still, 17 songs in 12 months is pretty good given how the year has been for me.

Finishing it off with a relatively unknown song. I used to have this album on loop at one point (2010 or so).  Hearing it again now, it just made a lot more sense on so many more levels. There are at least 2-3 other songs I would have loved to cover from this album, but untitled clearly takes the cake. 🙂

[DEAD LETTER SESSIONS] Mountains/Messages to Bears

The song was used in Life is Strange for an entirely heartbreaking sequence. The emotional turmoil with that scene in episode 4 has been unmatched before and after (except maybe in one of the epilogues).
Took me a while to get this song right (included scrapping an earlier version and doing it again from scratch), but its been worth it.

“We could run away, before the light of day” 🙂

[DEAD LETTER SESSIONS] Upward Over the Mountain/Iron and Wine

This is actually the last Iron and Wine song I actually know how to play.
Also, first recording using my new Martin acoustic – doesn’t it sound gorgeous?

I deliberately kept it lo-fi, using the audio from my DSLR instead of the mic. If you have heard the original, you will know why. This version is based on one of his live performances, and is slightly different from the original thus.

 

 

I will follow you into the dark (death cab for cutie) cover

The last song before I leave 🙂
This song has meant different things at different times. But the memory I associate the most with it is recording a (terrible) version of it almost 3 years back, trying desperately to reach out to someone when words kept failing. Needless to say, it didn’t really work.

Since then, I have been trying to get this song out of my system, including a guitar version I did a year back that you can find here. This is it, though. This is the song I have been trying to sing :’)

Oporanho – Icons cover

Sudipto was here with Sandy last night and, struggling to stay awake, we managed to belt out this cover sans any practice runs. In case you do not know Sudipto, he’s the vocalist of the Kolkata based Buddha Therapy, and easily one of the most talented musicians working in rock in India at this point.

Pretty badass, everything considered. Over the last year or so I have come to realise that the first take is almost always the best. 😀