This is a cover of Massive Attack’s Teardrop from 1998. It was released in their third album, Mezzanine.
Recorders, Sounds, Vocals, Mixing and production: Racheal Cogan
Recorders made and designed by Geri Bollinger: Contrabass, CBass. Bass, Tenor.
The artwork is by my dear friend Carolyn Walton in Banff. Banff is a small town within a National Park nestled in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains along the Trans-Canada Highway. Magpies and crows are some of the few birds that stay throughout the winter of its subarctic climate and, whilst the bears slumber, their presence is an important part of this magical place along with the elk, wolves, enigmatic cougars, and the rare lynx. This lovely miniature work was created thinking of these birds and the many stories associated with them told by the First Nations peoples.
I wanted to utilise the raw sounds of my instruments and objects around me. So I worked on percussion ideas with slapping sounds on my larger instruments. One day I was mulling over some extra sounds the percussion needed whilst absent mind-idly tapping on the cardboard packet of some disposable razors. As I was thinking I started listening and thought that this was exactly the sound I was after. I also use a harpsichord sound in a couple of places to link back to the soundscape of the original piece.
One day, whilst prepping for dinner, I took a small break and fell into a light dreaming whilst my partner finished up cooking. As I slowly woke I could hear Massive Attack’s Teardrop bubbling on the surface of my consciousness and in those suspended moments of waking I attentively fixed my focus to the sounds. It was a magical moment for some beautiful music. I decided to make a cover version; 1998 is more contemporary than my ‘cover’ of a composition by Hildegard von Bingen almost 1,000 years ago.