In keeping with the sporadic tradition of spontaneously recording songs at home on weekends, this morning I decided to try out the Olympus LS-100’s multitrack function with a song I’d been feeling my way around with lately. The LS-100 multitracking is fantastic and is a preferable option when you just want to get a bit of multitracking down quickly without setting up mics and other gear.
“Flanagan’s Song” is a song Robyn Hitchcock wrote for his excellent Spooked album, which he recorded in 2004 with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. I’ve always loved this album – some beautifully understated material, great playing and lovely sparse production. “Flanagan’s Song” is one of my favourite Hitchcock songs – miles away from the more psychedelic and bizarre material that he’s well known for.
I recorded the two guitar parts with my new Gretsch parlour guitar – a bargain at $300, and great for light strumming, fingerpicking and lead bits. It’s got a wonderful boxy, punchy sound.