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The latest from Spirit Level features RayC; I`m very happy he could relate to this song and accepted the invite to contribute a great bass track.

Dark Star Cathedral

Bass RayC
Guitars ScottC Peavey Powerslide (lapsteel)
Fender Stratocaster
Amp Purdy
Eventide H9’s
RealTracks in style: 3182:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm GrungeUnpluggedQuinn Ev16 090
RealTracks in style: 3181:Guitar, Acoustic, Rhythm AcRockDriving8thsQuinn Ev 100
RealTracks in song: 3440:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm BritPsycRockMarchGrittyChords Ev 110
RealTracks in song: 1856:Cello, Background PopCountry Ev 085
RealTracks in song: 1680:Guitar, 12-String Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 085
RealDrums MetalSlowBigTomGroove

mixed by Scott in Studio One 5



Dark Star Cathedral


read me your needle Dark Star Cathedral
all systems go gauges floored
counting from ten we take off on amen
light breaks through the door
light breaks through light breaks through
light breaks through the door

boys in helmets our rust box welded
for holes in science prepared
this is Dream Eclipse 876
strapped in saying a prayer
strapped in strapped in this is your captain
strapped in saying a prayer

battered hopeful where it don`t show
the crew of Dark Star Cathedral

stick to your mission I copy your vision
keep the Prime Directive intact
never repeat mistakes in space
with gods and girls make contact
gods and girls gods and girls
make first contact

this is Dream Eclipse 876
come in Dark Star Cathedral
more than carbon genius trumps jargon
aliens are my kind of people
aliens aliens blue with radiance
my kind of people

battered hopeful where it don`t show
the crew of Dark Star Cathedral


© Robert Cordrey August 2020

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Thanks Robert & Scott for the opportunity to play along...I was very happy to listen to this great song and to have a chance to participate was wonderful. Terrific song, terrific guitar & vocals.


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Guys,

Really really good, enjoyed everything about this one.

Specifically:
Some very tasty playing by Scott with some lovely effects and very atmospheric
Ray's bass propels the song along and adds a great "live" feel to the recording
Some of Roberts best vocals and a suitably impressive lyric.

Top notch.

Peter

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Howdy All ...

I think Ray summed up the song pretty dang good. A bit "out there", but in the best of ways. It all sounds good to mre. Ray's bass line drives it very nicely. The laidback vocal adds a contrasting mystery to the ethereal music.

A really cool song!

Wishing all of the best. Be safe ...

Alan


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Robert (and Ray),

Rich and haunting—some great internal rhymes in the lyrics that make this resonate. And the production is stellar—got no nits, no suggestions—really hangs together. That lead guitar is particular is just perfect,. One of my favorites from Spirit Level.

All my best,

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Spirit Level.

Coolness abounds!

An awesome Spirit Level sound. Scott has never sounded better - excellent fills and leads. Ray's bass sounds great - punchy and driving. Drums are cool. Guitars all sound good.

Robert's vocal is strong (I thought it was just a little "too buried").

Your lyrics always shine in these Rock productions. Excellent.

This is the Complete Package. A great listen.

fj

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Is this a tribute to The Grateful Dead? Dark Star, Captain, Girls. Those are my only clues, Coincidence? Whatever, the song was cool, I liked it a lot.


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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Guys,

Really really good, enjoyed everything about this one.

Specifically:
Some very tasty playing by Scott with some lovely effects and very atmospheric
Ray's bass propels the song along and adds a great "live" feel to the recording
Some of Roberts best vocals and a suitably impressive lyric.

Top notch.

Peter


Peter,
We very much appreciate all those positive comments!


Originally Posted By: Al-David
Howdy All ...

I think Ray summed up the song pretty dang good. A bit "out there", but in the best of ways. It all sounds good to mre. Ray's bass line drives it very nicely. The laidback vocal adds a contrasting mystery to the ethereal music.

A really cool song!

Wishing all of the best. Be safe ...

Alan


Thank you Alan!

Originally Posted By: Deej56
Robert (and Ray),

Rich and haunting—some great internal rhymes in the lyrics that make this resonate. And the production is stellar—got no nits, no suggestions—really hangs together. That lead guitar is particular is just perfect,. One of my favorites from Spirit Level.

All my best,

Deej


Deej,
I think this is the first SL song to feature Scott`s lapsteel as a solo instrument; he`s really developed and I`m glad it`s being noticed.
Many thanks for your listen and thoughtful comments.

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Spirit Level.

Coolness abounds!

An awesome Spirit Level sound. Scott has never sounded better - excellent fills and leads. Ray's bass sounds great - punchy and driving. Drums are cool. Guitars all sound good.

Robert's vocal is strong (I thought it was just a little "too buried").

Your lyrics always shine in these Rock productions. Excellent.

This is the Complete Package. A great listen.

fj


Floyd,
Thanks for that; I agree Ray`s bass goes well with those heavy toms.
I really enjoyed the lyric write on this one (a combination of reading some early Arthur C Clarke and remembering how caught my young imagination was by the 60`s space missions; they took over from Cowboys and Indians as roleplay themes).
I heard the vocal about right playing the song loud, which seemed what was required by the genre.

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Very well arranged and produced song. I really enjoyed listening to this!

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Man, that intro is insane!! Very, very cool, a big tip of the hat to Scott for that.

That lap steel throughout sounds great actually. I like the bit at the end where it is trading licks with the straight guitar.

Everything about this works, that busy pattern on the toms is perfect for the song, and Ray sounds great also.

Your lyrics are always an experience, great writing chops.

Excellent guys, you kicked it up a notch with this one!

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Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
Is this a tribute to The Grateful Dead? Dark Star, Captain, Girls. Those are my only clues, Coincidence? Whatever, the song was cool, I liked it a lot.


Tunemonger,
This has as much to do with the Dead ( their Dark Star was the last track I played many nights- nothing was good enough to follow), as our Secrets of the River had to do with Springsteen`s The River!
Thanks for your listen and likes though.

Originally Posted By: Will Josef
Very well arranged and produced song. I really enjoyed listening to this!

Will


Thanks Will!


Originally Posted By: BlueAttitude
Man, that intro is insane!! Very, very cool, a big tip of the hat to Scott for that.

That lap steel throughout sounds great actually. I like the bit at the end where it is trading licks with the straight guitar.

Everything about this works, that busy pattern on the toms is perfect for the song, and Ray sounds great also.

Your lyrics are always an experience, great writing chops.

Excellent guys, you kicked it up a notch with this one!


Dave,
Scott surprised me with the slide- he`s been practicing and keeping it a secret.
I appreciate those positive comments.

Robert

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Very nicely done, gentlemen. Cool, spacey lyrics, excellent spacey guitar work and Ray's bass is a great addition. While the vocals sound a little buried to me, maybe that just adds to the air of mystery.
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Very cool song. Spacey (no pun intended). Great electric guitar playing. Bass played wonderfully. Cool lyrics and vocals. You guys captured the atmosphere the song created perfectly. Job well done.


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>Tunemonger,
>This has as much to do with the Dead ( their Dark Star was the last track I played many nights- nothing was >good enough to follow), as our Secrets of the River had to do with Springsteen`s The River!
>Thanks for your listen and likes though.

Okay, no more guesses from me.


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Sonically interesting, which is really what the song seems to be about: taking a cosmic trip in sound.

I also thought the vocal was a bit buried, but I'll buy that it fits the genre.

I enjoyed the trip! laugh


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A melting pot of various styles. Neil Young, Bryan Ferry etc.
Bass ain't bad too.
Enjoyed my listen.

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Thanks everyone for the awesome comments. Was really happy with the tune when Robert sent it to me. Key of Am my favorite key. Had been missing my slide guitar as it had been neglected for awhile. The lapsteel has such a big sound especially with amps turned up. Want to thank Ray for sitting in on this song. His bass really put some punch into the song. Love it when Robert turned up the heat a little on this tune. Was a joy to play on. Was a little nervous with the mix as I has two very good producers providing some excellent feedback.


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It came MUCH cooler than what I thought it would be!
Spirit level + Ray, very interesting collaboration! Very art-house-licious. Some serious space donkey #ss kicking! Easily makes in top 5 tunes I have heard in U.Showcase this year. Wow! Excellent teamwork, especially considering that Ray played first time with SL. Bass work is A+!
Scott, you need to use that slide of yours in more tunes, very cool opener / FX. Robert, very good composition. I listened to is several times and more I listened, the more I liked it. Thank you for sharing.

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P.S. One suggestion. I wish vocals would be more on top.

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Hello Robertkc,

Very nice composition that you made with Rayc. The lyrics and your voice is splendid on the arrangement well done. it shows once again your talents as a composer.

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Wow!! Really cool!! Loved the lyrics and the melody. It has a haunting feeling. Reminds me of some of the 60s experimental music, some band like King Crimson. Nice!

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