Velveteens :: "Do You Remember?"

To grasp the demos from Velveteens, you need eyes to see the initial "Do You Remember?" not as it is now, but what it could be in a real studio, served up with an extra portion of bombast. This is bedroom pop: Casio-looped drums, bits of ambient noise, conversations at both the beginning and end of the recording. The hooks are buried, red-lining the recording, clipping the top of the mix and breaking into fuzz, but the string arrangement and melody are undeniable. The early Mountain Goats recordings were made on a Fisher-Price tape recorder; roughness can be a virtue. Here it just marks a starting point. "Do You Remember?" will likely be re-recorded later, additions of the decadent and the baroque to replace the bedrooms of your youth.

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