Natural Instinct (Remaster)

by Elegant Simplicity

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Just Strings 02:30
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Dare To Hope 05:46
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This is a collection of short instrumental tracks that started life as guitar duets – I still have the original cassette demos. All the songs were recorded over a two-week period in July / August of 1994 and were recorded and mixed using a Fostex R-8 Reel to Reel recorder and mixer combo. That was a nice little machine. As a result, the recordings are of high quality, though subject to the usual caveats of analog tape: occasional noise, pops and clicks! Where possible I have cleaned up the worst offenders but not so much that it destroys the vibe.

I’ve always had a soft spot for this album: I think the songs are uniformly very good with a few that are real standouts. Just Strings, Elizabeth’s Dream and Tranquil Obsessions are my favourites.

It’s an entirely instrumental affair with the songs being relatively short and snappy. Without exception, each song is super melodic and hummable. Looking back, one could consider this a demo album, but I feel that it does stand up quite well today: even the drums don’t sound half bad!

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credits

released May 7, 2021

- Recorded between July and August 1994
- Originally Mixed and Mastered between November 1994 and January 1995
- 2021 version remastered between April 13th and April 26th, 2021, at Propinquity Studios, UK

Looking over my track sheets, Reels 32 through 34 (4 songs per reel!), reveals that aside from the recording hardware, the entire album was created with the following:

- Fender Strat and Ovation Pinnacle guitars + MG510 Midi Guitar (for bass duties)
- Korg 01w/FD Workstation (every keyboard part)
- Marshall 8240 Stereo Guitar Amp. This was a great little amp and saw a lot of gigs back then
- Shure SM-58 Mic (for the Guitar). Yes, really!
- Boss SE-50 Effects unit. This was used for chorus effects on the Ovation

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Elegant Simplicity

ELEGANT SIMPLICITY is a Rock Band from the UK. That is all you need to know.

But! If you like eclectic rock that mixes elements of classic progressive rock, underground, folk, fusion, and all points in between, we might just be the band for you!

"Be yourself, everyone else is taken"
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