Max the Cat First off, it starts out sounding interesting, then as the layers are added, it starts to take on the tone of a video game soundtrack... but a really cool one mind you! I totally dug this track Max. It was exciting to listen to, busy, but not with any elements that I found distracting, and it had some real cool elements. My first reaction, after one listen, is CONTENDER.
Wrekdom The intro reminds me of a Cult song, "Big Neon Glitter"... I liked this. I have not an idea what the lyrics are, but I liked the demented, fucked up elements... I also like how you do what you do regardless of critique, at least that's how it seems to me. sometimes I Iike your stuff, sometimes I don't. I think that melody right off hooked me into this piece... and the Bush stuff at the end was ... kinda brilliant actually. Well done. CONTENDER
TV's Kyle I think you write decent songs, but your recording style has not grown with your material. Not just the recording quality, but your choice of arrangements and instrumentation takes away from the catchy elements you bring. I think you need to take some time to improve and beef up your selection of sounds, and recording techiniuqes, cause it detracts from your work. Good song though, I enjoyed it, reminded me of the Toasters, but not as ska-like... GOOD.
Poor History Not that great. numerous reasons. First off... not a song. It's a narrative with a poorly performed backing track. Secondly, who wants a highschool history lesson presented like this? There is nothing appealling about this track, other than the fact that you have a decent sounding narrative voice... but the whole thing just... sorry, stinks.
Jeremy Martin well, your production is not at the top of the class, and the vocals have tuning issues, but the feel of the tune is decent... reminds me of Sam Roberts...or the stones I guess. the song itself is pretty good... I bet with better production, and some polish on the performances, I'd call this a contender, but as it is, not bad, not great, just OK.
Downwithgender So you can twist dials and modulate sounds... this is not good. Honestly, I'm close to boycotting your stuff... I'll probably always give the first 10 seconds a listen, but this may be the last time I sit through one of your creations. It's just not very good. In fact, it's awful.
Future Boy Very nice, very peaceful sounding. Kind of a psychedlic/frank zappaish vibe to it as well. A co-worker jsut walked by, and she totally dug this. She said, " wow, very nice music to work with... I wish I had speakers at my desk" (get them!) "so I could listen to stuff like that...." Also reminds me of my boys choir days... a CONTENDER
Hobbes I love guitar. This sounds like a Blink song. Alot. The harmonies sound awkward, in blend and recording style mostly, some ways in arrangement. I love the snare sound. The leads aren't thick enough in tone... I'dd add a subtle delay to that lead and a touch of reverb to fatten it up... and some gain.. it's too "fender 30 watt amp" sounding, and not in a cool way. Bass is non-existent on these speakers (genreric "ALTEC/LANSING desktop computer speakers)...as the tune develops, I enjoy it more.. I really like the bridge, it's kindof ballsy to slip into a synthy arrpegiattor kinda groove, and the snare build is nice... the mix isn't quite right, but you got a good tune, a good ideas, especially for a week. I like it. CONTENDER.
Baker dude, too bad you're following Hobbes.. but it's songfight, and you gotta survive all challengers to come out on top... this needs a lot of work in production, arrangement, basically it's weak. I suspect you totally dig it, which is cool, but you also gotta realize ( if you don't already) that you are not at a calibre where you can legitimately win songfight right now. However, not many people in music start out kicking ass right away... and it takes guts to put yourself on the line at songfight. It's not terrible, but it's definitely not to my likeing...
Level Nivelo I wish I could play piano like that. But I can't. I also wish you had a keyboard sound that wasn't so fake and cheesy sounding. A nice, church-reminicent intrumental. I love instrumental music, although I rarely would vote for one on songfight, but it was pleasant to listen to...
Neil Thrun Your best sounding effort yet. Vocals too quite in this mix... you need to start experimenting with very subtle reverbs or even more subdued delays to give your music more space and room dynamics... more capable people than I could coach you on the way to do that, or you can just play with that stuff to find what works for you.. but your mix sounds too one-dimensional... it sounds like my ear is right by your guitar, and the vocals are an after thought. The playing is so stellar compared to a few months ago! this is not a bad song, it doesn't capture my vote, but not from a lack of trying, others are just better to my ear, but I liked this for the most part...yeah, more production skills... strumming guitar is a touch harsh or hard sounding, but ...yeah. GOOD JOB.
Josh Woodward Nice guitar...I find that whenever I hear a Woodward piece, it sounds very different from the last one. Good song, nicely played, your vocals have really improved since the last time I listened to your stuff: here's how: the whole thing sounds "on" and confident... occasionally in the past I could pick out "something" to knock, but not on this one... I like it. It' s got some anger...nice chorus... Dude, this is my favourite of yours thus far... great energy! It rocks, you are a CONTENDER x 2. \
15-16 Puzzle The mix is quiet... I had to crank it to hear the lyrics. I never have the guts to do stuff like this. It's very sparse... I was getting into it at the top, but as it progressed, I started to drift off... then it caught me again... then... I find the melody line is very percussive, and hurky jerky...I wish I could pick out the lyrics more, cause it seems like knowing them is critical to getting this one. As I'm at work, I can't crank it too much... so I'm ambivelant towards this piece. ...kay, I'm back from the lyric thread, read the lyrics, they are awesome. The music makes more sense now too, although, I think these lyrics deserve a better muscial treatment, cause they've got a lot of pain in them... Lyrics CONTENDER, music... ok.
This was a good fight. I wanted to be in this one, and when Sober suggested he could do some vocals I was especially interested, but TIME TIME TIME... oh well.
My list for tops in the fight, in no particular order:
Woodward, Max the Cat, Wrekdom, Future Boy, Hobbes.
In no particular order, tunes that had a lot of promise, or I just liked, or whatever:
Neil Thrun, 15-16's lyrics, Martin, TV's Kyle, Nivelo's playing...
And... that's all from me on the review front. Thanks for the tunes all!!