A few weeks back, The Big Drops, well, dropped their excellent and eclectic debut album, Time, Color via self-release. We’ve already featured singles “By The Water” and “Baskets of Love” which, on their own, showcases the group’s expansive talents, but we wante to loop back and get the full scoop.
To do so, we had The Big Drops break down Time, Color for us track by track. Check it all out below and be sure to catch the band this Sunday in Bethlehem, PA for Musikfest.
Lost At Sea
This song is an excerpt from a multi-hour recording session at the cabin Vram and I were living at. We would often have nights where we’d set up a bunch of microphones, invite people over and record whatever-music for hours. This time around it was me on keys, Lubo Smilenov on Gadulka (a Bulgarian stringed instrument), Cory Metrick on drums, and Vram on guitar.
When we were finalizing the order for Time, Color we couldn’t figure out what song to start with (since the album has a variety of different feels). Vram suggested that the first song on the album should be the track that sounds the least like anything else. Lost At Sea was the clear winner. It’s awkwardly short and so we get a kick out of this song. It sets the tone for the upcoming randomness.
If the World
This song is about the transition of a daydream to reality. Being stuck somewhere and then finally getting out. Starts with a romanticized first verse – a daydream – wishing to be outside. The second verse describes a more realistic outdoor experience-the actual events that end up happening.
The groove of the song was heavily inspired by one our favorite bands, Broadcast.
Baskets of Love
Baskets of Love is a tongue-in-cheek throwback to all the old rock & roll Vram and I would listen to growing up. It was written with a sarcastic undertone that emphasizes the sappy aspects of late 50’s/early 60’s rock & roll love songs. We went for the Yardbirds, the early Beatles and the Fugs all at once.
By the Water
This song has changed a lot over time. It initially was a really slow, almost shoe-gazey song. But after the monotony of practice and where that can take you-we eventually sped it up for fun, liked it better and kept it that way.
It’s an ode to the bodies of water I have had the pleasure of living next to. Calms me down/ makes me feel small. Humbling happiness.
A cute little acoustic tune I’ve always had a soft spot for. It was one of the first songs I wrote and the first song that was recorded (about 7 years ago). Two of my greatest friends Greg Minikis (hand percussion) and Zack Wieshaus (zither/background vocals) jumped in on this one. It was spur of the moment, which helped capture an innocent, scrappy, easy going feel.
Gong Gong Jar
This song is a little nonsensical story inspired by an acid trip I had at Bennington College in Vermont. One of the main living quarters had a central room that had giant windows that reached down to the floor. That made the windows the easiest way to get into and out of the building. It was pretty surreal: watching people walk into the place like that. Eventually, I’m in there alone. It’s just me in a moonlit room with a piano. I sat on the piano bench with a guitar and gulped out the whole tune.
One of our girlfriends happened to call and interrupted band pratice. In a lull, we’re waiting for the phone call to end and Caleb started playing the beat while mockingly singing the catchy background vocals, “boyfriend talk”. I then turned on the pitch shifter and started the rambling; emoting the trials of being a boyfriend.
Maybe In A Year Or Two
We recorded this instrumental song at the cabin with me on acoustic guitar, Vram on electric guitar, and Caleb on hand percussion.
Lubo performed and arranged a string/flute part for one of my favorite moments on the album.
This is one of our favorite songs on the album. It’s about picturing the transition of time. Seeing yourself gone; before and after. The cosmic perspective.