¨Paul Epworth, Flo producer gave some recording info on Ceremonials via twitter. Very interesting! (btw, Ceremonials is n°1 on itunes, beating Coldplay xD)
paulepworth Paul Epworth
right peeps. gotta say Ceremonials was recorded very live with very little in the way of synths as electronic production at all.
the big drum sound was the product of strapping a kick drum to a marching drum and micing the room at abbey road.
Never Let Me Go was a live take believe it or not and the weird ambience it has were the unused piano mics compressed to f**k.
Only If For a night is pretty much only percussion, a piano, a sub bass and a string part. The rest is assorted friends on vocals and flo.
The whole intention was to try and strike a balance between european marching band and the ambience of Talk talk's later material.Its weird the influences some hear in a record. Sometimes they get it totally and sometimes it's like they were listening to a different lp.