By Julian Hacquebard of Send Medicine
This song was never really supposed to be recorded with the band, or possibly at all. Typically when I sit down to write a song, or when I’m noodling and a song sort of emerges, I’ll either try and show it to the rest of the band immediately, or I’ll wade around in the ambiguity of the song’s vibe for a while. This was a song I let sit on the edge of my mind, growing on its own.
It was during a recording session for the album, when we were all set to track some full on electric numbers at our guitar player Connor Hill’s place, that something just happened. We got sidetracked, or some gear wasn’t working, or we couldn’t do drums that day or something… and in that moment this song came washing over my mind anew. So I showed Connor and Aaron (our bassist) the little folk diddy, what became “Tall Flowers”, as something we could record, to like “save the day” and lay something down. They quickly picked up the groove, and we got to recording it like 30 minutes later.
Weeks later Connor and I started messing around, adding glockenspiel and backwards guitar to the song; I feel those bits really makes the tune. Then when Connor brought in Lauren Barth (our old bassist) to lay down some backing vocals, we routed them through an Echoplex and the song grew this slightly witchy undertone. We were all really excited about it!
If I had to think up bands, which inspired the style of this song, my mind would peter off to acts like Pentangle, Bert Jansch, Fairport Convention and other bands from the Canterbury Scene in England in the early seventies. But also, the inherent echo, the reverse guitar stuff, I can’t help but hear a bit of a Beatles circa Revolver element. Michael Jost; the guy responsible for the mix, also had a lot of influence over the song’s overall texture. He lives and mixes music literally 500 feet from the ocean in Venice Beach, so I’m sure that geography made it’s way into the overall vibe in this piece. It started as just a tiny idea, picking pattern on my old apartment’s patio, sometime in 2014.
Julian Hacquebard’s brain-child, Send Medicine began in Toronto, where Julian built these sepia toned surf psychedelic grooves which eventually brought him to Los Angeles. As the project gained footing Julian expanded his line up, with Salvatore Romano on drums, percussive work by Ryan Glennen and Lauren Grimaldi, Aaron Stern on bass, and Connor Hill on guitar. The band’s live experience has gained them quite a following.