Project: TMR II (Loosies)
Song: “UTBD II & III”
Produced by “Book & Bronze”
An Introduction is an action of introducing – or the state of being introduced. A preliminary part, as of a book, musical composition, leading up to the main part.
A Trilogy is a group of 3, starting with the main part – becoming a series of 3 related things; novels, plays, films, operas or albums.
2011: NTS extended family and frequent collaborator, Lee Gaul, writes an early variation of â€œUsed to be Darkâ€ (a song that later becomes track 9 on NTSâ€™s sophomore LP, â€œRECOILâ€ with Decon Records).
2012: Shortly thereafter, Gaul records a rough acoustic demo of the song using his laptop & built-in cpu mic – he is surprisingly able to capture a wonderfully soulful piece of music entirely off-the-cuff – and itâ€™s in this very process that producer and close-friend, Bronze, recognizes the fleeting moment of Gaulâ€™s vocal genius & imperfect beauty in his recording â€“ allowing Bronze to reproduce it with production partner Book, while utilizing Gaulâ€™s original vocal demo, â€œUsed to be Darkâ€ becomes a raw and guttural melancholic anthem that shapes the eventual story of 4 voices going their separate ways after sharing a singular life-altering event together, based on true events.
2013: Producers â€œBook & Bronzeâ€ with NTS, then create 2 variations of the demo for their â€œRECOILâ€ LP; â€œUTBD Introâ€, an introduction to the LP, and â€œUsed to be Darkâ€, the single-cut (serving as part I), both deeply steeped in indie-folk & electro-rock influences. â€œUsed to be Darkâ€ purposefully contains skeleton pieces (as samples) of the original raw acoustic Gaul demo, giving the song its earnest and soulful edge. While mixing the records in their final stages, â€œUsed to be Darkâ€ is chosen to serve as the LP’s anchor, and NTS decide to name their project after the song. Decon Records are very much behind the song as a single, but latterly are not in favour of titling the LP by the same name, â€œUsed to be Darkâ€ – which is eventually accompanied by a rich visual, keeping its intended name (but not before NTS change their LP title just shy of its release date, to â€œRECOILâ€). The LP’s â€œUTBD Introâ€, a variation that does not contain Gaulâ€™s actual recordings of any kind, but purposefully shares the same chord progressions, is produced & titled primarily in reference to its predecessor â€“ and both pieces are placed 8 songs from one another, cleverly used in their entirety on the final â€œRECOILâ€ LP track listing.
2014: Bronze has his newly formed BBRC group record vocals to a loose series of unused stems in a subtly stripped-back sequence of UTBD’s Intro, w/o them even knowing it â€“ an hour-long exercise for the hell of it. Naturally naming the session file â€œUTBD IIâ€, Roshin writes & croons while Bronze chops & exploits his melodies, honing in on one; â€œWherever I Go (I flew way too far)â€ – a melody that Arowbe then repeats his own sentiments over; â€œlast chance, meet me at the airport, Iâ€™ll be the stylish looking loser with the broken-heartâ€. BBRC then have the bulk of their new songs direction, of what will eventually become their UTBD sequels (II & III) â€“ perhaps looking to complete their trilogyâ€™s evolution?
2015: While in LA during a series of recording sessions, Book & Bronze explore the evolving demo that Bronze has built with his BBRC brethren from TO, on-hand nothing more than to improvise and have fun in between sessions & studios, adding to â€œUTBD IIâ€™sâ€ song-writing & production in on-the-fly fashion; not over-thinking any of it.
2016: In an attempt to bring the song series out of its melancholic bravado, Bronze & Roshin revisit â€œUTBD IIâ€ as a warm-up to get loose creatively in-session â€“ they write part â€œIIIâ€ together without flinching – liberating them from RECOILâ€™s cycle – while the message is still relevant to their lives.