At the Gate - single

by Sparkle in Grey

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We're at the gate Another wait begins Some walk in a hurry Can be worth the effort An uncertain reward Hundreads of blind bets Some walk in a hurry Can be worth the effort An endless march A series of screams An endless March In a quiet night Some walk in a hurry Can be worth the effort We're at the gate Another wait begins Some walk in a hurry Can be worth the effort We made it once more We did it in time We will paid Will we end this up together? Some walk in a hurry For the warmest of the hugs
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about

There is a story behind this song, as there’s a story behind any song.

We play instrumental music since our birth, late in more than 15 years ago now, and we usually rehears a lot in order to make a track the way we wish, trying each time to improve it more and more, up to the point it's time to record it, mix it and publish it on an album.
But we improvise a lot when we invent new tracks. We usually don't sing, anyway.

This does not mean that we never had voices in our previous records, but in most cases we borrowed the microphone to someone else, as guests. And even when we have been brave enough to record our voices, it was for covers (of Jackson C. Frank and The Clash), never daring to write our own lyrics.

“At the Gate” is our very first ‘real’ song, although it wasn’t born as such, especially because, apart from the basic beats made with Matteo’s laptop, all the other instruments (Franz’s violin and keyboards, Alberto’s guitar and Cris’ bass) have been fully improvised in only two attempts at the end of a recording session at Argolab Studios in Varese, by our friend and collaborator Gianmaria Aprile.

The recorded impro happened in a warm 29th of July 2018, then in 2019 Matteo wrote the lyrics during a job trip, and sent them to Alberto, who finally dared to sit down in his home studio and record his shy voice on the track.

So this is a sort of very spontaneous piece of music, where the lyrics and vocals have been added one year afterwards.

What you hear now is the result of this long process, and - funnily enough - when we decided to put it out in May 2020, during the worldwide lockdown due to the outbreak, we didn't realised how much the lyrics of this song, written long before this mind-changing happening, fit with the actual situation.

The single 'B side', a sort of instrumental and beatless version of the single, was mixed a few days ago in April, and includes a couple of field recordings done here in Milan before and after the lockdown.

Have a nice listening, and please don't give up.

credits

released May 1, 2020

Recorded by Gianmaria Aprile (SiG instruments) in 2018
and by Alberto Carozzi (vocals) in 2019.
Mixed by Matteo Uggeri.
Mastered by Marco Milanesio in 2020.

Published on the 25th of April 2020.
RESISTENZA RESISTENZA RESISTENZA!!!

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Sparkle in Grey Milano, Italy

Sparkle in Grey are active since 1999 in electronic and post-combat rock musical experimentations influenced by a strange variety of musical genres.

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