Mark MacDonald

Mark MacDonald

Mark MacDonald


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Boston

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Alan Cross

I like it! Nice pop-punk with a distinctive vocal delivery.

Tell you what: If you send me a high-quality MP3, I might be able to use it for a radio feature here in Toronto. I'll need a three-line bio, too. 

Send it to alan@alancross.ca 

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Known To Lie (Lyric Video) by Hollow River

Alan Cross

Good idea to come home. It's far less weird here.

I like it.  It reminds me of alt-rock from the late 90s.  Good video, too. Since we've already done this once before, I won't rehash everything again. Here are some comments. I like the vibe.

Do you have a clean edit of the audio? If so, send me a high quality MP3 and I'll see if I can get this a play on the Edge.  Send it to alan@alancross.ca 

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Andrea Young

I am reading in your description that you are planning to attend Berklee, that's awesome, the artists I've worked with who have attended Berklee have gotten so much out of it. and come out of it so much more accomplished and sophisticated in their style, whatever it may be.  We like the video alot, very authentic and creative.  But this isn't our style or taste, and the vocals sound like they are almost put on top of the arrangement instead of being a part of it.  The vocals have an unique timbre that is very backcountry/folk, and I'm not sure the arrangement really supports them or showcases them well.  Would like to see the lyrics, especially since you are singer-songwriter.  Hope that is helpful feedback!  Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music.

Alan Cross

The song as a whole is good--writing, arrangement, production, that sort of thing--and it's great that you have a video for the song. My only quibble is that the song just sort of...ends. There's a buildup of tension and emotion--and then it just stops in an unsatisfying sort of way. I'd revisit the climax and denouement of the song.

Also, the vocals need work. Your natural singing voice is a bit thin with a limited range, so it needs to be thickened and enhanced, perhaps by double-tracking or with background vocals. 

The good news is that you'll soon be surrounded by some very smart people at Berklee, people with home you can collaborate and learn from.  Keep me posted on that part of the adventure, okay?




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