Oh I so want to not tell you just be be safer of getting my hands on one of these, but that would be naughty so the news on that single is that it will be letter X and out on November 20th.
"Hey Dad begins in an unassuming dream-state only to build to a gorgeous drum-roll and tambourine march. What Do You Think Will Happen Next? seeks a life sans cigarettes with a tight rock drum, nearly synth-sounding violins, and the help of Mr. Condon's signature horns."
Can't wait to get this -- there's only supposed to be 500 copies though, right? I think that's what Pitchfork said, for what its worth. Can someone confirm that?
Yes it will be limited to 500 copies like the rest of the alphabet series. I believe that Tomlab have copies of each release saved so that at the end they can present them as special sets to all the artists who contributed.
Hopefully at some future date when it is all over they will get round to making a compilation album of all the singles together(that is wishful thinking on my part and I have no idea if that will come to pass)
There a nice bit about Hey Dad in the latest interview done by Shane of the torture garden fame.
Are you happy with 'Hey Dad' now that you've recorded it? Was it hard to record?
Yes. That's a song I wrote when I was very young. Actually, it was originally a music review of a classical concert I went to, I wrote it for a class. The assignment was to write a review of a concert of entirely new music, so I went and had to review all these works by young composers.
Reviewing student work when you're a student really confused me, and I ended up handing in a stream of consciousness essay, wherein I detailed my own goals as a composer. In it, I wrote, "The great Canadian miracle is in me I'll shit it out and put it on the table" and that--and other parts--became the basis for the song.
My professor gave a "1/10 or a 9/10". Mid class, he abruptly stopped the lecture and said, "By the way, Owen, I've decided to give you a 9/10." Drama queen!
Anyway, I've played that song on piano, on guitar, on looped violin, with Les Mouches, and I've tried to record it so many times, and it's always sounded rubbish. Luckily Beirut really "got it". I don't think it's going to move people perhaps in the way that, say, "Postcards From Italy" moved people, but I do think it's one of the best songs I've written. I think it really gets to the point .