BENZENE // This song is about coming to conclusions in dreams that you cannot while you are awake. To be more specific, it is about the discovery of the elusive chemical structure of Benzene, made by Friedrich August Kekulé while dreaming of an Ouroboros (a snake eating its own tail).
music written by me
lyrics written by cleanwhiteroom
vocals by elementals-ao3
guitar by elementals’ son
available for download on Bandcamp (Elementals’ bandcamp! not mine! don’t worry!)
Elementals and I have been working on this track for a while now. I am a huge fan of her beautiful singing voice as well as her speaking voice, and I wanted to write a song for her to sing, so CWR and I wrote this. Elementals and I spent a lot of time going back and forth, experimenting with harmonies and synth, me trying to record a solid guitar track that didn’t have any of those sloppy metallic twangy sounds. Elementals’ insanely talented son was working on adding an additional guitar track. I was trying to tweak the bass track that I’d recorded on my guitar to get it to sound like I was actually playing a bass. We did a lot.
And then Elementals sent me this, and I threw my hands up in the air and said that this was it. This was the song. (Of course, I’m leaving out what I did first, which was clutch my chest and burst into tears over how beautiful this is.) The thing about making music is that it should be about discovering/finding the song, not forcing the song. And… this is the song. I keep needing to take a step back and pinch myself like, I wrote this song??? And this is real??? And it sounds this beautiful??!?!? Amazing. Absolutely amazing. Between Elementals and her son, the talent on this track is unreal. Absolutely unreal. I feel so grateful and lucky that they did this. I need to stop, otherwise I will just go on and on about how insanely talented this woman is, and how emotional I am getting over this song right now. I just. Can’t even deal.