EDIT EDIT: I uploaded the wrong mix. Here’s the newer one.
EDIT: HERE’S AN UPDATED VERSION INCLUDING VOCALS! I still am not completely finished and will be adding some female vocals in the chorus. Once it’s fully done I’ll make it available as a free download, but in the meantime have a listen to the nearly complete version above!
So I keep hearing Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games,” and each time I hear it I can’t help but marvel at just how well written a song it is. I started thinking it would be really fun to play with the song a bit and rework it in a completely different arrangement.
So here’s what I came up with last night. I didn’t really have any blueprint and I wasn’t really sure which precise direction I would take it in right away. At first I started simply strumming it on a guitar and began imagining a very guitar-layered shimmery rock king of thing. Before I knew it tho, once I laid out some keyboard tracks of horn sounds and strings, it strangely revealed itself as nearly a full on classical piece. It started heading in a direction closer to Henryk Gorecki or Arvo Part than my original guitar-driven idea.
So here’s the first bunch of layers of come up with. Right now it’s essentially a horn and string driven instrumental.
I’m just about to add some guitar and vocals. I’ll upload the results of that soon!
In the mean time, here’s the preview!