- Owen Duff
Singer-songwriter-videomaker with a tendency to prioritise unusual chord progressions and extended metaphors over most other things.
- recording engineer, music production, photography, graphic design, songwriting, videography, arrangement
- United Kingdom
Hi there, thanks for sending your music to me for review. I love the melodic and optimistic opening of this track, and the intimate-sounding vocal has me thinking of a Ben Kweller/William Fitzsimmons, whose smile can be heard through his every word. Lyrics are creative and the track continuously, it's really interesting to listen to and the big-band breakdown just after 2 mins really makes the whole thing pop. The vocal is, in parts, drowned out by that epic chiming melody, but apart from that, this is really great and promising stuff. Thanks :)
"Nobody Loves a Tortured Soul" draws me in immediately -- with a playful Brian Wilson-esque keyboard melody and serene hook-minded vocals. The gradual expansion into a brass-tinged piece of brilliant chamber-pop is welcome and expertly executed, reminding me very fondly of the instrumentally eclectic work of The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon. Honestly, this is one of the most impressive tracks I've been submitted on Fluence. The soaring assortment of keys, brass, and sweeping vocals make for an ambitious piece of ear candy that touts the chamber-pop polish of Field Music, inclined lyrical focus of Stephin Merritt, and orchestral-pop captivation of Neil Hannon. I'll be posting this on OS for sure. Also reach out to me at email@example.com if interested in my digital PR servicing. I can provide success stories and rates upon request. Thanks for the submission! -Mike
I can imagine quite a few of our Super Furry / B&S loving contributors being into this. I do quite like it but isn't quite my cuppa. Try sending tracks to firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Best of luck.
Love this! And I see you've posted it to AmazingTunes.com so I've gone over to it there and added it to my new playlist that I draw from for sync opportunities. I don't have any influence on our radio DJ's, everyone is 100% independent and hand-picks the music they play, but I'll send the link to a few of them who I think may like it. Keep in touch, this really is genius...
This is breathtaking and it’s not so much as a result of the Venetian scenery as a perfect collision of monochrome visuals and distilled vocals. How does one sell a 7-minute low-ebbed epic though, not sure but I have to say I was spellbound throughout. As much as Owen Duff’s sweet vocals kept on bringing me to the sunnier side there were plenty of reminders of a ‘Don’t Look Now’ Venice in the visuals (with teal replacing the red vibrancy). The sunken boat, the hunched over cormorants or the central character who doesn’t reveal his identity. And while the threat of murder might not reek through its many acts there is something unhappy unfolding all the same. Don’t want to linger too much on the promo however (though things get unnerving to the point of catastrophic towards the end) as the music is deliciously cultivated. ‘The Resurrection’ has the ring of Christmas as much of Easter and though it is tenderly dispatched there is a healthy smattering of nuance and diversions thoughout. This is a thoughtful and misleading piece of work and I have to say I loved it even though I wish he’d gone below deck.
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