Hey, I don't know if you remember me, but I decided to come back to the NGAP, went looking for some good metal, waded through shitty Dream Theater and Evanescence emulations and then stumbled across a familiar name. I then was treated to 7 minutes of solid, old-school riffage. So I decided to leave a review!
Well, pretty much every metal band I know (this is not saying much) poked its head around the corner here: Melvins, Slayer, Napalm Death, Helmet, even Meshuggah somewhat. That's not to imply the riffs are formulaic, more that they are in-your-face, immediately dominating. They show technical prowess without slipping into wank. Very tasteful.
For what is essentially a bunch of ideas taped together, the only part where it really felt disjointed for me was around 4:00 when the 12/8 riff kicks in. Otherwise it flows rather nicely and the build-ups within the parts are great.
The drums sound okay but seem a bit too much in the front of the mix. Your guitar sounds yummy.
This ended up somewhat longer than I expected... To sum up, great work, I enjoyed very much!
Wow man, thanks for the awesome words! I'll definitely spew more shit out as soon as I can!
Lovely lovely resigned tune here, as more people told u it's a shame this will never be finished because the coda with the triplets and all leaves me craving for another minute of goodness.
Scary thing is that the first 20 seconds remind me of Tori Amos. At least she doesnt get to sing eh? Looped a few times and it's really good.
To sum up, u still got it. Fuck your soundcard!
thanks man. I think I liked the cornflake girl for some reason...
Bassline is handsome
so are you
This stood at a whoppin 0.33/5.00 so figured it would be good
Intro reminds of Spruance's dickery on that first SC3 album. Best part is 1:37-2:14! The rhythm change from sorta tribal to sorta old-skool hiphop is ace.
If you ever finish this I think some sudden dropouts to the intro noise wouldnt go amiss.
Got a new one up as well, Crystalline. Unfinished of course cos thats what we do
is 6am here, just finished work, i'll check out your unfinished ting when i wake up,
Whoa dude you scored a hit! Was long overdue if you ask me.
It's a quality tune too, resigned and upbeat at the same time. Reminds me a bit of Eels, obviously because of backward samples, but also because of its overall transparency and the solid simplicity of the main groove.
I love the drums, they pack a good punch and hold everything together.
How's that EP coming along? Sounds like a solid project and a great way to draw attention to your work.
See you around!
hey man, sorry about the delayed reply. Yes i do seem to have finally made a little drop on this ocean with this track, i think getting featured in that game helped massively. Now i have to maintain this standard thats the downside. It's a simple arrangement as you can appreiciate, simple chords simple pick simple riffs, but as this has maybe been a downfall for me sometimes i try to over complicate a bit, when i should go with what my heart says rather than the head musically. This track embodies me as a musician and i think that reflects me as a person too..
The drums are from ezdrummer and have been a genuine life saver for me and my approach to making music, drums are just not my thing so a programme that provides me grooves is excellant. The EP is coming along slowly, currently working on chapter two and have a wip posted up atm. i'd love to know your views on it.
take it easy
Hello good mister pitters, I was just wondering if you might have uploaded something new.
Very nice track indeed. Always good to get some of your trademarks like the widely panned drums and lo-fi one-bar synth chords.
The vibes are a liiittle bit off-key, not sure if there's something you can do about that but if you could make them a bit higher, I'd do so.
The whole atmosphere is very classy, I love the phaser too (which indeed isn't for everyone but then again, your music never was).
I think you could stretch it a little bit longer, since we've been waiting so long for the drum groove it'd be nice to spend a little more time in its company.
That's all the criticism I have, I really like it a lot. Coming out of your composer's block a little?
Got a new track up as well by the way, I think you might like it. It's called Mutzi Schnutzi (bloody good title innit).
alreet tang, sorry for the delay in replying.
haha i have trademarks now? cool! Yea the vibes are a setting on rhino, bass and vibes, and it the lowest setting before bass kicked in so maybe that why they sound a little off key, i love em tho lol.
i tend to develop atmospheres well, you've always said that, just struggle to take em anywhere else. Phaser is a flanger gald you like it tho, it's really hard to tame them tho and without maming sound really gimmicky is a struggle to. glad you liked it tho.
Length wise, i personally think it's bang on, i can understand what you're sayin, seeing as you've been waiting for it you want more, but mabe thats why i don't gve you more XD
thanks very much for the words, buzz me when you have anything new up.
Are triple quotation marks the new cool? I keep missing out on the trendy stuff...
After this looped a few times it grew on me, I guess it's meant as background music mostly, it doesn't really stand out anywhere but also doesn't get on the nerves. Sophisticated muzak :)
I think it loops very well actually, and there are some good subtle touches, like the reversed samples in the middle part and the stutters in the drums. Good job!
By the way, I got a nice new track up, Mutzi Schnutzi, AND I finally got around to reviewing Countenance. So off you go!
Thanks for the review! Yeah, I'm actually not very pleased with this one, upon further inspection... kinda just a throw-away experiment. Glad it didn't get on your nerves though :p
I'm finally getting around to reviewing this.
This is a very good song, very well composed and even better performed. A nice swaying 6/8 time is always appreciated by me. The glockenspiel (?) is a real nice touch and you might consider giving that a few more subtle cameos after its introduction.
Since it's the rough draft, the only thing I really feel needs commenting on is the production. Lo-fi is good but sometimes it's actually a bit sloppy, which is a pity because it kinda pulls me out of the listening experience.
First off, I think you should take the time to make a good volume graph for the vocal track. Its overall volume is somewhat too low anyway (I can't really make out a lot of the lyrics), and at certain points it gets snowed under completely for a short time.
There's also the bit from 1:06 and 1:18 where the melody is really too low for your voice. At 3:32 again. I'd really try to either alter it a bit so it falls within your range, or add a line an octave higher and mix that to the background.
Overall I think the vocals are wonderfully done, you have a modest but flexible voice and are able to reach the higher range without having it sound forced or off-key. It's emotional but not pathetic.
The guitar would probably benefit from some compression, I feel the emphasis on the high and mid frequencies is somewhat too small. Because the drums are so (deliciously!) clanky, it gets a little mushy overall.
All said and done this is a great singer/songwriter track and with a little extra thought put into mixing it can compete with acoustic Pearl Jam in its glory days. 5 and download for effort and goodness. Keep it up and don't let douchebags like above lower your spirits in any way.
Thanks for the detailed review? I completely agree on the production needing to be taken up a notch or five. I've never even heard of a vocal graph; I usually just play around with it until it sounds halfway-decent. As for the low melody, I've already started playing it a whole step or so higher, and that helped a ton, so the next recording won't have that issue.
Thanks again for the review! Glad you liked it. I'll definitely work on the mixing...
I like the atmosphere of this track. Lots of original and semi-catchy stuff going on, it reveals more on replay which is always a plus in my book. You seem to know your way around using FX pretty well.
There are some structural things you could improve on. What I always try to do when making electronica (which I won't claim to be excellent at, by the way) is see how I can make it 'peak' as much as possible, this generally means making a (few) pattern(s) where everything is present - full bass, full drums, a wide range of frequencies, intertwining melodies and chords - to potentially blow the listener away.
What I think ails this track a bit, is that it seems like you came up with all the parts "on the fly", which makes the song flow very well, but lack a general direction from beginning to end. Some of the elements, like the piano, are a bit overused, while other elements fall behind. The drums for example feel like they could gain much more body.
My advice would be to take the time to figure out all the elements you are going to use, get to know them, determine their impact on the listener, and then decide how you are going to 'build' the track. One of the most difficult parts about making music, or any kind of art, is to keep a fresh ear (or eye), as if you are experiencing the piece for the first time.
I think we can expect excellent things from you, just keep at it, you show a lot of talent already.
thanks a lot for the great review, i'd rather see one like this than 10's across the boards anyday, feedback is what i'm trying to get at putting it on here, you gave some really helpful hints
This reminds me of Depeche Mode, it's a very full sounding energetic mix, well done!
Nice (if borderline cheesy) ominous lead melodies.
It suddenly dawns on me that your mixing has become clearer throughout the things you have submitted, that's a good thing because it really sheds light on your music, makes it transparent and very exciting.
Been looping a few times now, it's really growing on me. A lot of great ideas that were crisply executed. I tip my hat sir.
You always think my melodies are cheezy. :P
...I actually agree with you on this one. XD
Thanks for the review!
Glad to hear my mixing is improving. (although I actually thought this one to be a bit muddy...)
I'd much like to hear what you think of "countenance," which I uploaded a while back, if you've got the time. It's the first real proof of any effort towards my next cd.
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