Late last month, Los Angeles “grunge-gaze” band GOON put out Happy Omen — their haunting second EP made up of demos originally intended for a full-length album, which were reprocessed and recorded during experimental sessions.
“‘Chaka’ is one of the oldest songs I’ve written. I recorded a bedroom version of it in December 2011 when I got a Tube Screamer for Christmas. That original demo was the first thing I made using that pedal. As the case usually is with demos, we all became pretty attached to it, especially the last half where everything gets all spacey and weird.
“When we tried to make an ‘album worthy’ version of it, we couldn’t get that last half to sound quite as magical as the original. So we decided to just use the original ending, pressed up against the newly recorded first half. Doing this ended up giving the track, to me, this kinda crazy element of time travel, which is easily my favorite thing about it.”