Today’s song is “So Far Away” by Linkin Park.
“So Far Away” is a demo recorded when Linkin Park was still called Hybrid Theory.
The song features Mike Shinoda singing with Chester Bennington doing backing vocals.
It was released in November 2012 on the LP Underground 12 CD. On the booklet, Brad Delson wrote: “This one has a special place in my heart. Part of the inspiration behind this song was an attempt to play with a particular back-and-forth song structure. Also, a foreshadowing of Shinoda’s melodic facility.”
In August 2020 when asked about the song on Twitch, Mike said, “You know, actually that song, I remember that was a time when we were seeing what we could experiment with, in the early days of Linkin Park. And try and figure out… “Can Chester rap? Can Mike sing? And you know, can we mix up ways we perform the vocals?” And so yeah, we had this demo called “So Far Away.” It was ok, it didn’t make ‘Hybrid Theory,’ it was a cool experiment. I thought the song came out pretty good. I think at one point we tried to revisit it and see if it turned into a song, but it didn’t make the cut.”
This track proves the interesting mix of both singers’ vocals. It’s too bad it didn’t make the cut. It would be a nice complement to their other stuff.