WEEK 10/52: Archaeology

Steve here. Like ‘Know Harm’ this is another song that began as an experiment in sampling an acoustic instrument, in this case an acoustic guitar. All the instrumentation in this piece comes from sounds made on the guitar. It was very much inspired by the band The Books and their use of cut-up samples pieced together in a very artificial way, so that the sampling itself becomes an instrument in the mix.

The title Archaeology comes from the image of “X marks the spot” in the lyrics, though beyond that I don’t think it has much to do with the song. I just really like the word Archaeology – there’s something hypnotic about all those vowels in a row… The first verse is about exploring the outdoors as a child, with inspiration coming from the brilliant comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. The second verse is about exploration during adolescence, with camping trips, etc.

The twelve string guitar reference is a shout-out to my cousin Aaron’s twelve string – which I want to state for the record is NOT a piece of shit. But who could tune it?

Music / Lyrics: Steve Cruickshank

Production: Steve Cruickshank



X marks the spot
Of a house where we lived
On an old piece of paper mache

We carried around
In a blue canvas backpack
A map of the world we drew
A map of the world we knew


Before we set sail
We collected mementos
To remind us of home when we’re gone

Thrown in the back
With a couple of sleeping bags
And a piece of shit twelve string guitar
In the trunk of a piece of shit car


We pulled over to read the sign
Go no further past this line
Fast ride
Fast ride
Our last ride

We pulled over to read the sign
We went further we were fined
Fast ride
Fast ride
Our last ride


About brunswickproject

Every week, Steve Cruickshank and Joel Buxton meet in Joel's shitty kitchen, unplug the fridge, slug whiskey, and create a song. For 52 weeks. Or 'til somebody dies. Check out a new track on Soundcloud every Tuesday. http://www.soundcloud.com/brunswicktunes
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