Back in 2000, Sleepy Hollow released the soundwell EP that contained the hit single Two Too Late that had worldwide success both based on the tricky lyrics and catchy tune behind the song. Sleepy Hollow are more know for their Art rock rather than a pop song, but, the sequal to this track found its way onto their 4th release Legend in 2010 with the track titled Too Late, which showed more virtuosity than its predicessor. Joe Dell, who was in a near fatal car wreck in 2011, had to take a hiadus from teh music world due to a broken neck and scar tissue damage in his arms and hands.
This brings us up to the end of 2012 where, Joe had found his wife had been having an affair with a musician from another prog band. This led to the inevidable divorce. Joe was distraught, but, tore deep into his soul to produce the music and lyrics to the song we have here titled Later (Empty Home). Joe went in New year's Eve of 2012 to lay the piano track down in the studio with legendary James Brown Engineer Bob Both. Joe, who had been playing the track all night, laid the track down in one take.
This brought us up to the orchestration which was laid down the weekend after. Joe went in the studio again, with his famous ESI-32 sampler and laid down various layers of orchestral instruments and some Hammond Organ as well.
Finally, the vocals, were laid down and given feeling and layers. Joe admitted to being in tears, thinking of his ex-wife, while laying down the high 8 in the chorus.
There was one element left that was needed and that was the female vocals. Joe called in his old friend The Model to give the male/female balance the song so needed. Model, who was going through a break-up of her own, had the feeling in her soul as well to produce the much needed feeling in the choral lead vocal section.
This song carries well on so many elements. Those who are looking for piano virtuosity. Progressive arrangments. Good production, a catchy pop song or all of the above.
Many have been saying this is the best of the 3 songs in the trilogy and Joe's best compostion to date!
Download and enjoy!