Music

Premiere: Artisan Loyalist’s Dusky Synth Track ‘O, Chamelon’

Music

Premiere: Artisan Loyalist’s Dusky Synth Track ‘O, Chamelon’

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“‘Chamelon’ is just a made up word — I liked how it sounded phonetically, and came up with a phrasing and meter that seemed to work,”  Rob Batke of Artisan Loyalist explains of his new track’s distinctive title. The track, a dusky, babbling brook of liquid synths was the last song the Edmonton based artist, and former member of the like-minded Faunts, recorded for his record Lonely Ghost, he says. “It allowed me to take a few liberties in the recording process since I felt I had covered a lot of ground with the rest of the record.”

We asked Batke to walk us through the track’s composition and equipment.

“I was going for a Gary Numan feel with the soaring lead synth on my Yamaha CS-60, and one of my studio-mates thought the guitars had a Roxette vibe à la ‘She’s Got The Look.'” (Very good call dude).

“I recorded them direct (without the use of a guitar amplifier) to try and maintain a glassy guitar tone. The gritty arpeggiated synth part was double tracked–once through my Korg MS-20, and once through my DSI Prophet ’08. After the second verse, I cranked the resonance on the Prophet and played the filter for a binary solo of random blips and bleeps.”