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Santa Cruz native’s new song aims for natural sound

Posted: Thursday, Jan 2nd, 2014


The cover art for Hilary Davidson’s new single, “Take Me There.” (Contributed photo)


SANTA CRUZ — WIth her latest song, Hilary Davidson wanted something that sounded more natural.

The native Santa Cruz musician released the electronica song “I Can’t Deny” in 2012, which was produced and arranged by Urban/Electro DJ and producer Marc deVasconcelos and written by Davidson.

But with “Take Me There,” she leaves behind the sounds of electronica and instead focuses on an acoustic performance.

“This time around I was inspired by the idea of things evolving naturally,” she said. “The enjoyment of giving away control and being “taken” to a place (good or bad) is freeing. I worked with the musicians similarly; they could sense the vibe of the music and the arrangement developed organically.”

Davidson describes the song as a blend of vocals alongside 808 samples, percussion and live bass. The analog sound was recorded through a 1960s tape machine.

Funds to record the song were successfully raised on Indiegogo.com, a crowdsourcing website where people can pledge a certain amount of money towards an idea or project.

Those who donated $5 received a digital copy of the single, but for those who donated $30, they received a T-shirt, poster of the album art, as well as a copy of the song.

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“Take Me There” is available for download at iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Spotify. For information, visit www.hilarydav.com.

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