I started composing the piano part for Electric Dawn on a chilly wet day during a thunder storm which became the inspiration behind the lyrics and the musical arrangement. It was my aim to bring the storm into the music much like a symphonic poem.
I was able to work again with the lovely Sam Piper from Monkey's Fist who also was on my debut track Somehow. Sam's Irish whistle became part of my wind. His fantastic band mate Simon Ford added Dulcimer to the song (my raindrops) and Darabuka to add to the grumbling thunder. We recorded their parts at Jeff Bruckner's studio. Jeff also went on to co produce and master the track
Jason Mc Niff a very talented Americana style folk singer and guitarist then added some backing vocals to the track.
Clare Estelle: Lyrics & Composition, Piano, Lead & Backing Vocals, Programming, Percussion, Executive Producer
Sam Piper: Irish Whistle
Simon Ford: Dulcimer & Darabuka
Electric Guitar & Backing Vocals
Jason Mc Niff: Backing Vocals
Jeff Bruckner: Studio Engineer, Co Producer & Mastering
(The Montana Musical Experiment):
Liz Stanton: Original Photo
Saphron Morgan: Shoot MUA
The mix was challenging as it ended up at 143 tracks including the buses. At one point more than that before I had edited all the improvised takes.
Jeff Bruckner took over the mix towards the end and we also
added locally recorded birdsong
that I captured from my back garden, the rain in the track was also recorded as foley.
It was then further enhanced by the US Indie artist
Jeremiah Boothe from
Jeremiah created the most amazing sounds effects using his
electric guitar. I asked him to
be the wind creaking thru the
masts of boats. He managed to
produce what we affectionately
named Whalien sounds which
were the perfect fit to add to the
ambience of our musical storm.
He also added to the backing vocals and in doing so
became forever lost in the song.
I would like to thank all the talented musicians who helped me with this song. Also I need to thank my dear friend
Alex Alhstrand who created the amazing cover art for this release.