A bit of dark irony...during the week of this song, my dad's old heart crapped out, leading to a hospitalization and three stints. In good news, he lived. Hello, dad's old heart!
Anywho, the reviews.
Abjure - This song makes me wanna do the happy head nod side to side. Some of the harmonies are a little off, but eh, whatever. I'm reminded of the stuff that half of my friends from my hometown write and play at small shows...which amounts to me liking it simply because of the memories that come with stuff that just generally sounds like that. WAIT SHE CHOKED ON A BOWLING BALL WHAT. A COW. HA.
Dial Emergency - Hmm. Your intonation is a little bit off at times, but I do enjoy the ooOOOooOOOooO that you throw in here. This kind of sounds like something I would hear on a Plan-It-X compilation. Which I suppose is a good thing. This song mellows me out, to be honest. That said, I don't find it particularly entralling. Perhaps it's my music taste.
Die Fledermaus - DISTORTION AND REVERB. The only thing that really bugs me about this is the fact that the guitar is kind of out of tune with the bass, especially on the second chord in the main riff. Also, I can't really hear the vocals very well. I feel like I'm hanging out with my alt-metal loving angst friends. ACK UNDERBUFFERING. Okay, changed wireless networks, and we're cool. The dynamic shifts in the bridge are kind of cool. I guess what bugs me about this is the seeming lack of much tonality through a lot of it. However, I must say, it's a pretty cool song. Oh, that filtered drum part was...not fantastic. Off beat. I still give you a cookie for it.
Evils That Never Came - For whatever reason, I'm reminded of Broken Social Scene. Or maybe Kevin Drew's solo album. Which is a pretty neato CD, so being slightly reminded of that is a good thing. Not really sure why it reminds me of it though. I like the part that starts around 2 minutes in. Good use of dynamic. I also have to say, I like the way your voice sounds. The ending's a bit anti-climactic though.
A Far Off Land ft Field of Bronze - This is about as mellow as the last track I heard from you. It's also not nearly as atmospheric. However, it's also substantially better. The vocals are done well, you manage to keep a pretty good vibe throughout though. Everybody tonight is reminding me of someone else. This sort of reminds me of Bright Eyes...until about 3 minutes into it...random guitar solo and crunchiness, me gusta. And I think I like where it goes after that too. That panning on the vocals is kinda trippy.
HATE Noise - I do not sense nearly enough hate from this track. Man, this is groovy. Not particularly well mixed, as the low end is virtually absent and it's kind of hard to here the vocals at all. The drumming is really good, so bonus points for that. And the musicianship in here is good all the way around. I really don't have much to say about this other than "neato!".
The Idiot Kings - This song starts off with bit-crushed beats, which, given my own predisposition towards abusing bitcrushing, gives me a little bit of joy. And these lyrics...wow. Clever use of the title as well. You know, I wish my heart could be wound up. That'd be convenient.
Jonathan Mann - Hmm. I'm trying to figure out exactly what there is to say about this song. It's not that it's bad, it's that it's just kind of boring and doesn't really do anything for me. Admittedly, the line about drunk-dialing your old heart is kind of funny. But yeah, doesn't do anything for me.
Ken's Super Duper Band N' Stuff - Kind of similar to the last song, this doesn't really do anything for me either. It's got that slow ballady feel to it, which is honestly one of my least favorite genres. So being biased, I don't feel like I can say too much. I just get the feeling I've heard this song many times.
King Arthur - Readin' through these lyrics, high school reunions aren't exactly what I would have thought of with the title. That's not a bad thing at all. I kind of dig this take on it. I can't say I can really relate, as I graduated in '08, so I'm still a young'un. Well recorded and sung though, I want to eat a sandwich with you.
Marcey - I was once hanging around Warren Wilson College in Suwannanoa, N.C. and found a tape at the store for free with all sorts of drawings and other neatness on it. Many of the songs on it sounded remarkably similar to the ones on here. Something about the way that you sing your "r"s kind of reminds me of Ani Difranco. Nothing else really does. I like the line about the heart at the supermarket.
McCalum - Hmm. I get that feeling whenever I listen to old stuff that I've written. It's a pretty nifty little ditty...not much I feel like I can say about it though.
Zipline - Well, the lyrical flow is slightly awkward, but I am slightly frusterated at the fact that the crowd seems completely unwilling to shut up up until the very end of the song. Though I must say, I like the fact that you're talking about becoming a cyborg. Kind of short, but I dig what you have.
New Result - Well, your robotic rendition of the title isn't JUST the title repeated over and over. You say "hello my old heart heart" instead of just "hello my old heart" every other time. I'm tempted to count the number of different patterns you threw into this, because it can't be that many. There's no particular key signature either. No sense of tonality. No progression. Just repetitive badness. Do you ever extensively listen to dance music? Some elements of the beat make me think that this is trying to be house. However, it's not. Try some variation.
Queef McBeef - Beautiful...the epitome of what music is supposed to be.
Roymond - Live! Sounds like you're in a medium sized venue. And there's a decent number of people. Good musicianship, though the vocals are a little bit buried in the mix...wait, there's no mix, it's live. Anywho, as with zipline, the crowd needs to shut up. However, I actually really like this beyond that. Your falsetto isn't perfect, but I can't complain about it. And your guitar solo is well executed as well. I'd go see you if you were located anywhere near me. If you're in relative proximity to Bowling Green, KY throughout the year, we're gold.
Rycehat - I love rice. I collect hats. Therefore I'm inclined to like this. Your vocals are a bit nasal, and maybe the phaser on the right channel is a bit excessive. This reminds me of a cross between Third Eye Blind and Green Day. Clever lyrics. Really, the only major criticism I have about this track is the fact that it sounds like you went overboard with your multi-effects pedal. Would have sounded better clean, but eh.
Seamus Collective - Something about this song sounds really familiar, but I can't really put my finger on it. Regardless, the performance here is tight, especially with the vocals. This isn't particularly my style, so I don't feel like I can offer any productive feedback...other than that, I dig it.
Sockpuppet - Wow, this crowd is actually enthusiastic and paying attention! Though they won't shut up, it's definitely the type of music that you've gotta clap to. Though admittedly, I find this song to be hysterical.
Steve Durand - Is that a mandolin in the backgrond? If so, I'm pleased by your choice of instruments. Actually, this is pleasing all the way through, lyrically. The bass drum sounds a little bit too muffled...maybe tune it differently? Or rerecord your drums...actually, are those live or just really good v-drums? The panning on them is kind of interesting.
Tailirene Irene - Man, this is completely unlike most of what I hear on this website. And I love the drum production, though occasionally I feel like the mix is upside down...vocals sound like they need a depopper and a de-esser, also should be a tad lower in the mix. Also, there's no real bass elements, so the beat feels a little bit brittle. Production issues aside, your flow is pretty good. Hooray!
Wages - The melody in the verses sort of reminds me of that Nickleback song "How You Remind Me"...until the second verse, where it starts to get a little bit more major key. Unintentional melody jacking happens though...I know I've done it a few times. Anywho, the songwriting isn't that bad, but the performance is a bit lacking. Diddums.
There it is, children, now don't we all sing it together.
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