Spiky stomp with a pile of 5/4 <-> 4/4 changes.
The genesis of these things is funny sometimes. I was watching some old episode of Gordon Ramsay and there was a brief excerpt of what I assume is a piece of library music which featured spiky, staccato guitar chords. I realised I had never made anything with that kind of stomp feel, so I came up with a rhythm guitar part, and then set about fleshing it out.
The slide guitar -- which was added to the project late on when I was searching for a suitable lead instrument -- completely changes the mood of the thing compared with how I intended it to sound originally. Its languid, smeared characteristic is in stark contrast to the staccato feel of the rhythm. Once again I was rudely reminded of how difficult slide guitar is to play -- some more takes would have been a good idea, but I am pretty worn out.
I am not really sure why I decided to switch between 4/4 and 5/4 all over the place, possibly apart from the fact that all my other tracks this year have been straight 4/4 or 3/4. Last year's FAWM told a similar story, in which my final track was written in 7/8 just because I had not done any weird time signatures prior to that point. Also like last year, this made the final track a lot more punishing to get down than it might have been.
I feel like the real star of this is the bass. I have recorded a lot of "workmanlike" bass parts this year; in the pursuit of expedience I have tended to do the minimum possible bass work to make tracks function. It is gratifying to make the bass on this last track really talk. In particular, the chromatic sections towards the end popped into my head, and I wanted to see if I could get away with them. There was a guitar solo on this at one point too, but I got rid of it because the bass was completely overpowering it in terms of focus.
I quite like this.