The Answer: Celebratory Track by Track (Day Seven)
Celebratory track by track of songs from, The Answer: The Answer
I recorded a version of The Answer at the old StudiOwz recording studio. The problem was, once all of the songs had been recorded for the album, this one stood out like a sore thumb. That original version sounded like a rock ballad - I loved the song so much and felt really connected to it, that I was desperate not to get rid of it. So, I re worked it - I completely changed the chord progression, the time signature, the melody and vibe. I remember sitting down at the piano and asking Owain, “what if it sounded more like this?”, next minute I was playing the new version along to a Roland TR-09 drum machine, and I knew this was it! The Answer’s intro is actually that drum machine take I did when I was re writing it!
We recorded the latest version of The Answer at the new StudiOwz recording studio, which is in a converted chapel at the foot of the Preseli hills in Pembrokeshire. I invited Gethin Pearson to co-produce with Owain Fleetwood Jenkins for this track. As mentioned on my previous posts, I love working with Owain and feel he draws such creativity out of me, the same goes for Gethin! It was Gethin that had the idea for me to sing the verses in almost a whisper - like I’m vulnerably singing to myself, which is what this song’s about really. Owain suggested we use the Vox Organ, which has become quite an important part on this song, but it also features on the rest of the album too - creating ‘my’ sound.
Something we had a lot of fun with when recording was the meter change for the middle 8, where it goes into a Phil Spector vibe. His production ideas have been a reference across the album, but I guess this section is where it’s most obvious. On this song, I drew a lot of inspiration from Lesley Gore, “It’s My Party” and “You Don’t Own Me”, I love how her lyrics are so dark and heavy but the instrumentation is a huge contrast - that’s something I tried to achieve for the whole album, and this song in particular.
The band (Jimmy Brewer, Jack Beddis & Tom Sinnett), as always, are incredible! It was such a joy to get everyone in the studio together and play. This was one of the last songs we recorded for the album, and I couldn’t be happier with it.
You can buy a physical copy of the record on Vinyl/CD here: https://www.carumusic.com/jodie-marie
Or on all digital platforms here: - Bandcamp: https://jodiemarie.bandcamp.com/
- iTunes/Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/the-answer/1549199148
- Amazon Music: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Answ.../dp/B08T62WWY5/ref=sr_1_1...
- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6IrLxH2ndSIjuvNyWOioQC...
All photos by: WetheDee