If you want, you can listen to the track right HERE before reading this story.
This one is really special, as you heard. We wanted to do those kind of songs that goes on and on and on with some small changes in them that would still keep the attention of the listener. Those tracks turn around to be 10 minutes long, so, if you didn't liked it like our other songs, we made you a smaller version ;) .
I think it is by far our least electronic piece, because the drum was made from real samples, the guitar too... And they were our main instruments except those big synthesizers.
Speaking of those, the first chords played by a synth at the beginning of the track was an hommage to the soundtrack of Blade Runner by Vangelis. And then you have those big chords with a brass ensemble near the climax of the song who were a little bit like the Inception sound made by Hans Zimmer.
Hans Zimmer, is definitely the biggest influence behind this track for me, maybe not for Pellaboug, but I see the movie behind this music and its intensity was clearly something I saw in Zimmer's scores.
We always start with the beat. We want to make the biggest part of the song first, then, derivate from it and find how it could begin and end. With "Escape", we actually wrote the middle part, then the piano intro and the big climax afterward.
There is only 3 chords in the intense parts, but when I played the theme on the piano I told Pella to put a fourth chord for the piano parts, that made it more melodic and less empty. For the action parts, I think you can't even tell the chord changing because of the guitars driving the piece wherever they want. It's a big mess, with a lot of tension and then you are under water with smoothing ambiances and this beautiful piano.
Then you hear this ukulele... Playing something strange on two strings only... You got it, it was me! Sometimes, you have to take whatever is around you to make it sound more like YOU. And in that case, the ukulele was the strangeness in the beautiful dream. The transition to the big guitars.
I like to remind everybody that we are not drummers but that we can make those crazy patterns like the one at the end that drives like crazy the piece. We needed to make it sound as real as possible, because we knew nobody would trust this world we were offering in "Escape" if the drum was not sounding real enough. So we exported the tracks in an other session to give it some groove and reimported the tracks in the session that has no groove so that the drum really is the king of the parade and leads everything.
It is a big nightmare with a long corridor with no end and, in a way, it is similar to "Spiritus", with the concept of dreaming and waking up.
We both think it was the best way to start our last third of the year, with a little touch of darkness from "Repeat Revolution" and we are really excited, after "Faith" and "Escape", to present you something a lot funky with the October track in the next few weeks.
You are free to ask any question that you want in the comment section,
See you next time!