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01 ‘The Birds’ – Build a Rocket Boys! (2011) – Elbow

  • rattling percussion intro
  • drums, high bass and elc gtrs enter
  • 2 gtrs hard panned; left = melody, right = rhythm on the 1234
  • low bass comes in with vox
  • vox; hi and low together (hi is verbed and distant)
  • pause between verses; only drums and right gtr remain
  • second pause after 2nd verse; ‘ooh’ vox and bass double and other inst?
  • middle: new bass / beat + elc key line (r2d2 ish) + strings
  • new vox melody – multi part
  • back to prev melody – with big strings
  • then both melodies combine as vox / overlapping
  • end with melody only and minimal perc

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. 2 gtrs hard panned; left = melody, right = rhythm on the 1234
  2. low bass comes in with vox

Build a Rocket Boys! (2011) – Elbow

  • lyrically: melancholic, nostalgic for youth
  • sounds like the singer’s solo record – very personal storytelling
  • richly melodic, but with a full band sound plus strings and choirs
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