With a little over a month to go before the release of Sun Moon, we’re releasing a digital single to make things interesting. It’s the first—and shortest—song on the album, and it was the last to be written and recorded in our 2011-2012 sessions. Get it today on iTunes or Amazon. If you’re a musicologist, or just want to see how songs can change when they go through the collaboration process, here’s a demo of the song on Soundcloud for comparison. I never imagined when I came up with the folky acoustic hook that it would transform into a heavy, White-Album-esque rocker with thundering drums, a sinister, descending bassline, and stabs of steely electric guitars.
It’s not the only chance you’ll have to compare demos to finished, studio versions of Orange Peels songs . . . last week we updated the digital release versions of our third album, Circling the Sun with five bonus tracks. Four of those tracks are demo versions of album cuts we recorded with the So Far-era lineup of the band, not too long before it disintegrated. Featuring me and Jill with Larry Winther on lead guitar and John Moremen on drums, the recordings of Circling the Sun and How Green the Grass give a glimpse of what the band was cooking up in its home studio. My solo recordings of Something in You and Long Cold Summer round out the demos. The other track is a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s April, Come She Will, which was originally released as a bonus track on the Japanese pressing of Circling the Sun on Quince Records in the summer of 2005.