From a Sinking Boat

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  • Though Realism was in the main recorded in conventional California studio surroundings, the band employed the unique acoustic qualities of a bathroom for this song. Merritt explained in publicity materials: "'From a Sinking Boat' was recorded entirely using only the actual reverb from my actual bathroom. Except for the sitar track; we cheated. All the other tracks were recorded in the bathroom, far away from the microphone, and they sound very watery, which is the idea, because it's about a shipwreck. It's one of my several shipwreck songs." (Another one is "Shipwrecked," from Merritt's "goth-bubblegum band the Gothic Archies' Tragic Treasury).

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