Track 3: “How the Fallen Fell” by Spanish Prisoners

Spanish PrisonersLeonid Maymind has just released his first collection of homespun indie folk under the name Spanish Prisoners. At eight tracks, Songs to Forget is the perfect length to serve as an introduction to this songwriter who undoubtedly will get some blog love over the next couple of months. There are many bits and borrowed pieces of early ’90s lo-fi rock spread throughout the tracks, bands like Pavement, The Silver Jews, and Will Oldham serving as reference points.

So, Mr.Maymind, how about answering some questions about “How the Fallen Fell”?

(Download the song and listen as you read)

Is track 3 representative of the whole CD?
Track 3 is called “How the Fallen Fell.” I was trying to expound upon my feelings of how society treats poor people and the lower classes, which in my humble opinion, is not very well. The song also touches on the materialistic tendencies of people. So I would say the track is representative of the whole CD in that the lyrics are about a part of human nature that I’m interested in. I wouldn’t say that it is very representative musically because my songs are pretty eclectic and they are all pretty different from each other. This is just because I like a lot of variety in sounds and textures when I’m both listening and making music. I guess you could say that track 3 is representative in that it does a lot of things I like songs to do: have background noises, not follow a strict structure, construct a feeling; those are things that I’ve tried to weave into all my songs, regardless of the musical feel.

What’s the story behind the song – from the lyrical content to the way it was written and recorded?
The lyrical content- see number 1. I recorded this song, like most of the others on the record “songs to forget” in my basement on a modest studio I have set up down there. The chord progression was something I came up with a really long time ago and was working on lyrics to fit with them for a few months before it felt right. I played everything on the track except for the drum fills, which my friend Steve Neola did in about half an hour. The creepy feedback noise at the beginning and end is an electric guitar run through a few feedback mechanisms that self-oscillate. Also, the noise in the quiet section of the song is me dropping silverware on the hardwood floor in my dining room and recording it! That was pretty fun.

Was there a particular reason you placed this song in the #3 spot on the tracklisting?
No particular reason I placed it at number 3. I actually don’t like it in that position anymore, so when I release the expanded version of “songs to forget” it’ll have a new tracklisting that I think works better (and thus makes this whole thing moot). I’m working on a few new songs on my own and am going up to Kent, Ohio to record a song with Todd Tobias (Robert Pollard, GBV) so look for that soon!

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