The Juggernaut was written to feature the "low end" of the band. I had never written a tune with a Soca beat, so I decided to try it here. Ryan Shultz plays a great bass trumpet solo on these difficult chord changes. Note the use of delays, high-pass filter, and flanger.
This tune was written with "episodes", loosely reflecting general states of humanity through the ages. These are interrupted by short sections like the intro, which are meant to represent a brief return to a more primal, or primitive form(-lessness), before again emerging anew. Strings were added after tracking, as well as overdubs with bass clarinet and didgeridoo. Though very challenging from a production standpoint, I think this piece stands out on the record and is certainly deserving of title track.
Nick's Tune is about traveling down a river. A river in the mountains or in the jungle, it doesn't matter. I just wanted the listener to feel like they're "seeing" new things with each turn of the arrangement and experience intensity shifts, much like a river current would give you. From an orchestration standpoint its one of my favorites of the record.