Covering My Bloody Valentine is probably taboo, but it felt necessary. In June (2015) I traveled to Zamora, Spain bringing my dad's old acoustic guitar, my laptop, and two microphones. In Zamora I met Dulce. One night I watched her sing on a rooftop and her voice made my throat close up, swelling with melancholy. She soon moved across the country and invited me to follow. I stayed with her in Calafell, a small beach town near Barcelona. Here we spent time playing music together over the drone of the Mediterranean; we discovered our shared love of My Bloody Valentine. "Sometimes" is my favorite song so I suggested we record our version of it—she sang into one microphone while I played guitar into the other, forming a tangible sound memory. After listening to our recording she asked if I would fill up the empty spaces. Alone on the train back to the other coast—from where I would be flying home—I attempted to do so. With my throat once again constricting I absorbed the emptiness by creating new sounds from the guitar, the laptop and her beautiful voice.
Mesmerise by Chapterhouse:
(Originally intended for a Good Cheer Records covers compilations that never happened.)
Mesmerise is my favorite Chapterhouse song, it's totally euphoric but there is this unspoken layer of sadness--like MDMA. I believe we recorded this cover sometime in 2015 and may have played it at one of the "soon asleep" release shows, although memory often fails me. I was teaching myself more about recording at the time. Trying to recreate the instrumentation on an ornate 90's studio single on my laptop seemed like a good lesson. Tuesday and I recorded together twice. I can't remember if it was while recording this song, but one of the times we got completely waisted--on both "melt" and this you can hear the half-alive, blissful distance of being fucked up in our voices.
released October 28, 2015
Sometimes by My Bloody Valentine:
Dulce Membibre - voice
Kyle Bates - acoustic guitar, computer, voice