Behind the Song
Fall is a nostalgic elegy to childhood and growing up. We joke that it was inspired by a quarter-life crisis, but it has become much more of an appreciation of memory and our roots.
Sound Design plays an integral role in all of our music. In Fall, you'll hear all kinds of things, from a train passing by in the wind or a thunderstorm closing metaphorical doors. But the center piece of sound design in this single is the collage of home videos from Alba, Lillie, and Melissa's family vaults. Originally, this was a mosaic of samples from TV shows, games and films that brought us back to our memories of growing up in the 90's. In fact, we made it all the way to the mix with this take on the “nostalgia box” bridge (you can hear the original in our live footage below,) but in the process of mixing it we realized that's not the story we wanted to tell. There is something very vulnerable and real about sharing our actual family memories, and that's exactly what we wanted for the song.
If you pay close attention, you'll hear that the excerpts are also woven together to tell a continuous story - Alba's mother asks "what do you want to eat for dinner" and 7 year old Melissa responds, excitedly telling us she just had spaghetti. Alba's mom then says "I'll tell you a story, ok?" and next, we hear Lillie's grandfather reading here a book. Throughout, we hear the voices of children who are now adults with children of their own, parents captured in time when our relationships with them were so simple, and the treasured voices of those who have passed on years ago.
Producers: ALMA, Noah Kellman, Alex Rodriguez
Audio Engineers: Steve Xia, ALMA
Mixing Engineer: Elliot Moss
Mastering Engineer: Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound
Vocals: Alba S. Torremocha, Lillie R. McDonough, and Melissa Kaitlyn Carter
Strings: Alba S. Torremocha
Guitar: Horace Bray
Brass: Nick Frenay
Keys: Noah Kellman
Bass: Steve Burke