The song “Contraband” was originally called “Emergency”.
One of the songs originally planned for the EP “Contraband” stopped breathing about 85% of the way to being done and I needed to write a new one – an “emergency” song.
At first I didn’t want to give up on the originally intended song and it was a sad thing to eliminate it, but we did it.
I’m so glad I was honest with myself because “Contraband” was born and it’s a unique song that I really like.
It’s the only one of my songs that I completely made the beat for (and I am proud of the beat, but I prefer tapping Underhatchet’s expertise in this area).
“Contraband” is vocally/pianistically pretty much as close to an improvisation as it gets for me. I just let the ideas flow linearly and used abstract lyrics to try to create a mood. It went smoothly and I preserved almost all of the initial ideas in the final version.
I composed the bass line last and Underhatchet liked it so much on the demo that he wanted to play it on the final version. In the video he is playing it on a bass guitar, though in the recording it is played on a keyboard.