This is the second part of our Warm Space duology! Where the first part was fast and furious and more in your face rock, this one is more considered and a bit of a prog powerhouse. This is truly a kitchen sink production, using some 48 tracks in its construction. It’s in three distinct movements, too.
Opening with a groovy bass riff in 2/4 (don’t ask!) and some super analogue synth sounds, it has a nifty little guitar and Moog motif that is quite the earworm. To complete the first movement, throw in some sequenced synths, mad tom-tom flams plus B3 organ. Once that subsides, it’s straight into a semi acoustic section featuring a beautiful lead guitar melody set against the B3 and some strings. Lovely stuff for sure.
But wait, next is an epic piano and organ thing and a unison part featuring everything so far! That leads into a most elegiac synth solo against a backdrop of mellotron, B3 and acoustic guitar. The Moog solo is completely improvised in one take (I did do several more, but the first was the best). We then have a unison thing with drums before it fades into the spacey section.
In this section we feature some vocals and narration in a call and response type thing. Quite spooky with tons of layered sound effects. And then we have a reprise of the intro section, this time featuring two extra guitar parts, narration, and that lovely guitar motif. Finally, it ends with a piano, guitar, and organ duet! Busy is not the word!
- Warm Space II (09:22)
- Steven McCabe – Guitars, Keyboards, Drums, Art
- Recorded at Propinquity Studios, UK, between February and May 2021
- Mixed and mastered May 2021
- Produced and engineered by Steven McCabe