This was the first song we wrote for this album. And, like most tracks born after a long dry spell of writer's block, it's one of our favorites.
Our first album, The Universe Smiles Upon You, was a musical reflection of our total obsession at the time with Thai funk. We were eating, sleeping and breathing it when we wrote that album. But this time around, we wanted to draw from more of our obsessions. So what you're hearing in this song is a reflection of Middle-Eastern music, particularly from pre-Revolution Iran.
The breakbeat influence in this, for those hip-hop heads in the audience, is just straight up "Apache." Mark used to run the sound at a youth center in Houston, where a crew of breakdancers would teach young kids how to B-boy. Basically, "Apache" has been stuck in his head ever since.
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