It was about a year ago that I started helping my friend Shaun Haurin with a recording project he wanted to work on called Mr. Xquisite. He wrote the lyrics for most of the tracks (with the exception of an early version of “Fuzzy Logic”). I wrote the music and produced the sessions. The song below, “Secret Sharer,” is the strongest of the tracks that came out of that project. I think we were trying to sound like The Glove. I’m singing on this one and doing my best Robert Smith impersonation…
Here’s the EP I recorded with my friend Shaun Haurin under the name Mr Xquisite. Shaun wrote most of the lyrics (except on “Fuzzy Logic”), and I wrote the music. Shaun sings on “Stunt Double” and “Monozygotic.” I sing on “Secret Sharer” and “Fuzzy Logic.” We take turns on “The Bride (A Web of Men),” a song inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass). Shaun’s son Sebastian adds a nifty guitar riff to the beginning of “The Bride,” and we’re also joined by Shaun’s friend Christimac. The cover photo is by Kristine Di Grigoli.
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My instructions for this one were to write an instrumental piece to go along with the title “Two Member Meeting of the Mutual Admiration Society.” The track below is attempt number two, which I decided not to use because it sounded too busy. There’s a third take that we’ll probably end up using. It sounds a little bit like this one, but it’s slower and doesn’t have a drum track.