I recorded this song rather hastily. So hasty that I forgot to re-enable the drum intro. Oh, well. The 4 count works okay, too.
I used the Rock 5 Jungle Toms for my drum track, recording from the headphone jack into my mixer. The twangy guitar you hear is a 2011 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster in drop d tuning. I used several pickup combinations, including the S-1 switch with the 5-way switch set to position 5. I have never used that setting in a recording before because it is so tinny and nasally. But it kind of worked for a sitar-like sound. The flute sound was created with my 2000 Gary Moore signature Les Paul and an EBow plus model. I constantly switched between the normal setting and the harmonic setting, depending on which string I was using the EBow on. The harmonic setting sounds better on some strings than others. I used a 2012 Rickenbacker 4003 on the bass track, which was also in drop d tuning (something I had never tried before). The Les Paul was in standard tuning.
Banihal Pass is a pass that connects the Kashmir Valley in the Indian state Jammu and Kashmir to the outer Himalaya and plains to the south. Banihal means “blizzard” in the Kashmiri language. I just thought it fit the vibe of the song.
The video is just a video capture of a Winamp visualization while the song was playing. Trip out!