I’m a relatively new but huge fan of the Thickets! I listen to your albums over and over again while I am at work. It’s the only thing that keeps me (in)sane while on the job!
Anyway I just got my hands on “The Shadow Out of Tim” and I’m really enjoying the new album but I’m really curious what the non-traditional instrument is that you guys use in some of the songs? Since I purchased a digital copy from Amazon I did not receive any sort of liner notes. I hear the instrument on Cultist on Board, Nyarlathotep, and possibly a couple others I’m not thinking of right now. At first I thought it might be an accordion or maybe a sitar but now I am leaning towards possibly a Hurdy Gurdy. Anyway I would really love to find out what it is you used even it if it’s just a fancy synthesizer 🙂
In Cthulhu’s Name,
John S. Brown
Hey John Brown, did you know that there is an excellent song by The Masters of Reality that shares your name? I digress. The instrument you are hearing is called a melodica. As wikipedia tells us, a melodica is a free-reed instrument similar to the accordion and harmonica. It has a musical keyboard on top, and is played by blowing air through a mouthpiece that fits into a hole in the side of the instrument. Pressing a key opens a hole, allowing air to flow through a reed. The keyboard is usually two or three octaves long.
The melodica I have was handed down to me from my father, and I don’t actually know how to play it. Like all musical instruments, I just kind of fake it, learning only enough to look cool. Case in point: