- Owner/Editor, Coyote Music
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Great to see a Memoryfield song come across the wire! So epic. Grandiose. The production is crystal clear and the video production is spot-on (love all the backlighting!). And Robyn's voice fits perfectly into the sonic landscape. The instrumentation is so well thought-out and appropriately portioned to enhance the moodiness and sheer power of the track. I'll dive in a bit deeper for a post about it on coyotemusic.com, but I'm so delighted to see this video and hear the song.
Struck by a gorgeous voice, stylistically reminiscent of Sarah Jaffe but falling in a nice spot between AC radio and Altnation. Certainly imposter syndrome is a popular topic over recent years, and some surprisingly successful people have admitted to struggling with it. It's very real. But this song is no fake. True sentiment, vocal talent, strong musicianship. Sing this one with all the confidence in the world!
I grew up listening to Johnny PayCheck on my parents' AM car radio. So when I first saw John PayCheck I thought, "Whoa, this guy had *better* realize there's already been one o' them." Imagine my relief when I figured out they are father/son. I'm really enjoying this song and would love to promote it on my music blog, coyotemusic.com. Great production, the fiddle is spot-on, and John's got enough of his dad's vocal inflection to be noticeable. But it's great to read his story of leaving music but coming back to it a little later in life. That's how you know you really want to do it. "Lone Stars" is a homerun, as well. "Lone stars and crowded bars, Sing another song..." It's an anthem of the nightlife that we're all longing to return to. I appreciate you sending this song my way. I'll start putting together some JP promotional pieces on my site this month, in time for the 2/19 release.
Love the slide intro. Solid groove. And your voice is strong. Reminds me a bit of Nathaniel Rateliff or Cold War Kids. Then into the beat--fun drum/synth programming! I've said this to a few artists recently, but this song would fall in nicely on Sirius XM's Alt Nation's playlist. I really love the variation of the song's arrangement. It's consistent throughout the song, but also keeps the listener engaged with changes across the vocal & melody lines (pauses, the percussion/handclaps, electronic drums, lead guitar licks, etc.). These things work well with a nice, clear vocal and catchy hook. AND you've got a breakdown for a crowd to get into at a live show? Daaaamn. I vote for this being the single off the album. :) Just push, push, push this tune. Don't simply release it and hope for it to catch fire. I suggest creating Instagram ads with the song playing in the background--it sells itself.
You guys are accomplished, having been around the block more than once. I think it's refreshing that you've tapped into this medium for feedback and advice. Not many seasoned musicians seek out new resources. So kudos, just for that. "Vacant Winds" needs to be on SiriusXM's Alt Nation. It fits right in with a Sir Sly vibe. Not saying you sound like them, just that being played before or after would be a natural feel on a radio playlist. Musically, I don't really see room for 'improvement' or critique. Vocal harmonies are spot-on. Production is full and robust. You're professional and it shows. Advice? Rally your fans, demand airplay. Dare Alt Nation to play you...because it might just work. There's really some sludge on that channel and it needs a fresh kick in the keister. "Vacant Winds" could be just what they need. Bravo on this tune. Really dig it.
Sweet song, lovely voice, compelling chord progression and a simply stunning video. Wow. Great job. This is how it's done..."it" meaning that these days you've got to create something unique. You want something catchy and provocative, but you also want something with more substance that simply going viral for 15 minutes. I think this song & video accomplishes just that. It's beautiful. It's 'gimmicky' enough to Share or Forward to a friend and say "check out this video!" But it's also a substantive pop song, both lyrically and musically, so it's much more than just a catchy visual. Well done! I'm re-launching coyotemusic.com in January and would love to include "Sweet Dreamland" among the new content. All the best to you, Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music
Great looking lyric video! Lyrics grab the listener from the get-go, with subtle anticipation in the arrangement as the chorus approaches. I personally could've used a bit more 'punch' when the chorus hit, but that's my more rock-oriented background talking. :) Great vocal performance. Love the harmonies in the pre-chorus. The lyrics are relatable to just about everyone. Sometimes ya just gotta let go... The production quality sounds radio-ready. Hopefully you're already looking into both terrestrial and satellite/streaming airplay. You could drop "Let Go" right in the middle of any AAA radio playlist and it'd fit in seamlessly. If you'd like to visit about our promoting Tara or "Let Go" on our site, please reach out via https://www.coyotemusic.com/contact. Thanks, Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music
So many facets to this song! It's modern, it's retro. I hear Bruno Mars, Chicago, bits of 80s RnB/Pop, and modern alt rock. Then the ultra poppy chorus kicks in. I'm wondering what the songwriting/arranging team looks like, as far as influences go. Widely varied, if nothing else. Great voice. Nice pacing with the arrangement. Trying to envision this among a pop playlist...or maybe alt? Now the outro kicks in and it's super late 70s, like a montage in Saturday Night Fever or something. :) I'm not sure if the variety within this song makes it easier or harder to market to more traditional avenues. But the appeal would certainly stretch across generations within a household...
Love the gritty guitar lead after the chorus. Great all-round production once again. This song is indeed a bit of a shift...makes me think of Matthew Sweet mixed with some Ryan Adams. A bit of a country feel to an otherwise 90s-esque indie rock vibe. The lyrics make you wanna check in on that special someone to see if something [shady] is in fact going on. Really dig this. Thank you for sharing it!
Wow, this is really great. Indeed channeling a Paul Simon influence but with a deeper blues influence, at least in this particular song. I don't have much advice to offer here--the sound, production, songwriting, performance...all very solid. I'd be happy to include a review or write-up on coyotemusic.com. That's *something* but what I think this song and others need is wider exposure to a larger potential fan base. Seek out placement in TV and film. Perhaps commercial placement, though that is conveyed as 'selling out' to many. Great job on this one. Really enjoyed having it come across my radar.
Dig the track and some of the lyrics grab me. Love any reference to Barry Sanders. Your flow is really interesting. It's got a laid back delivery at times like Drake, but attacks some times like Ice Cube. Then I'm feelin' Eminem at times??? Crazy, right? Then sing-song-y, holding out notes RnB style. I guess if you're using this song to show and prove yourself, it's got all sorts of skills wrapped up in one song. If I had any feedback or advice...and I just wrote this on another song in a completely different genre...it's about listeners' attention spans. I like this song. But now that it's over...I have the melody in my head, but I wasn't punched in the face with a particular lyric or hook. This song I'll play for some friends and we'll nod our heads and say "this is good!" But that's different than a million people spreading it around, shouting about it on the subways, and stuff like that. And I'm not talking about trying to write "Old Town Road" or some shit. :) But keep going so that Seddymac's sound in undeniable and unmistakable. Lots of talent, even just in this one song, that you're working with. Nice job!
Love your voice--unique and sweet yet strong. The production is well thought out, with appropriate and creative ups and downs. The contradiction of the song's tone and title also starts things off with some intrigue. "Make a Monster" would fit in well with the rest of the 1995 album "The Garden" by Merril Bainbridge (I mean that as a compliment). We're in a weird time, this Spring of 2020, so promotion of a new album is all over the place. Foremost, I think any sort of live/solo presentation on a daily or at least very regular basis is where it's at. People have more time right now. People want to be helpful and do good things, including helping up-and-coming artists forge ahead. So perhaps for you that would mean solo performances. Or, if you're not in a position to pull that off sound/equipment-wise, you could do a 4-night event where you play a song from the EP and talk about it: lyrical inspiration, the recording...maybe bring in one of the musicians or engineer as a 'guest' to talk about particular moments of interest from the recording/mixing/producing processes. You really have an opportunity to present more than just 4 recorded songs to the world. You have a chance to (re-)introduce yourself, your songwriting process, and bring viewers inside the 'process' of your EP, from original genesis to final mastering. If you'd like to brainstorm more and talk through other promotional concepts, feel free to reach out to me via coyotemusic.com. Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music
Singer's got a great, soaring rock voice--love those long, strong held-out notes. The bridge/transition section is odd, in a good way. At first I was trying to picture hearing this on Alt Nation on SiriusXM, but then chordally (is that even a word?) it almost goes into a Steely Dan-ish progression. So what you've got is different, for sure. And that's a good thing. If I had any suggestions for this song in particular, or as you write future ones, is that listeners' attention spans are short. Real short. This song has more of a 70s pace to it, structurally. Not a bad thing...just not the sort of thing that is likely to break into the Alt radio circles. I'm a big believer in "do what you do" - and you all do it well. Love the bassist's groove, too. :) Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music
Random thoughts: I get a blend of Santana in the intro and toward the ends of the verse phrases. Maybe some Petty, with a little Stevie vibe in the harmony vocal. Well done. The production is crisp and full. Ooh, there's a little Clapton energy in the solo. You've definitely got a wide array of influences... The song is great. Promoting it? That depends a bit on whether or not you're touring to support it. With touring, target each city through social media ads, try to work your way into local radio (even college radio, don't count it out), etc. If you're not touring (and I guess if if you are) budget plays a big roll. Work toward getting fans to comment on iTunes when they buy. Maybe place IG/FB ads . . . you could record snippets of yourself playing the songs on acoustic guitar and pitch it as "if you liked that, go buy . . . " Then there's always the licensing route. If you're not already working with your ASCAP/BMI/other rep, do that. :) Great tune. Thanks for sharing! Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music
Another powerful one. Love the melodic development and production leading into and throughout the chorus...and also that it doesn't swell up so much that it's overdone. The keys/strings bring the song to a melodic peak, but there aren't symphonic cymbals crashing and a Michael Kamen knock-off vibe. Somehow the added instrumentation retains the subtle, understate feel of the much more sparse verses. And the tension created by the static-y feedback sounds. Just a perfect production add-in that doesn't take focus away from the music. Just a little glance, twitch...a "what...what was that?" Had an interesting take on your voice from a musician friend of mine who's skilled and pretty worldly as far as tastes go. "Cowboy Song" was playing and when they walked into the room they asked, "Is this Geoff Tate?" Stylistically, I wouldn't have ever associated the two of you. Neither would I ever have associated Tate with Tom Waits, which I may start using when describing aspects of your sound. But your low register doesn't *not* sound like some moments of Queenryche's "Silent Lucidity." Not a knock, either. Tate's got one helluva set of pipes.
Such a powerful story. Stark, longing, love and lack thereof. Nice take on this classic. As with others of your songs, I can hear this recording as a backdrop for TV or film. So much potential for so many different visual scenarios. If I were you I would look into avenues for licensing and work toward actively shopping your music to TV and film directors and music producers.
Epic & Huge. Aspects of a tonally morose, longing Leonard Cohen opus. Lyrically dark, brooding. Artistically, this song thrives on its own merit, growing from melodically somber to almost rejuvenating, despite the continued lyrical darkness. But commercially, from a promotional standpoint, "Laredo" should be in the next season of Fargo, or The Walking Dead, or in the next iteration of Red Dead Redemption. Huge commercial potential in that vein: setting the tone for a Tarantino-esque bloodbath. Love it!
First, I love the tabla-sounding percussion in the sample! You've got a solid flow. I'm wishing the vocal was higher in the mix...something about the balance of the vocal track...it's pretty bass-heavy. It makes it a bit hard to decipher the lyrics. Your annunciation is fine, it's really a matter of making the vocal a bit brighter in the mix. Love the vibe, the message and the song itself is strong. Your message is one that is needed in the scene. Unity in a divided world. Money's money, whether it's a dollar, euro, rupee, shakel...we all need it to get by. I'd like to hear more of what you've got on the album, and I'd be happy to help with promotion beyond Fluence, at coyotemusic.com.
Stark, traditional song. Makes you feel good about the state of things. And sad. And hopeful. Longing, yearning, honesty...very Dylan-meets-the-blues. Really enjoying your sound. Even signed up on your email list. In Austin, you'd do great at Cactus Cafe. True-to-form songwriters putting their craft on display every night. As for advice, we do some affordable online promotion at coyotemusic.com, if you're interested in that sort of thing. Otherwise, just play out. Keep posting videos and develop your online presence to increase exposure. Instagram's great for what you're doing--use lots of relevant hashtags, not only relevant to your style, location, etc., but include some touching on your lyrical content for some new/different cross-pollination.
Good riff, solid production. The sound is pretty straightforward rock but with slightly different production treatment I could see this song making some noise amongst today's country music fans--both the vibe and lyrics are better than 'new country', but also embody sentiment of a lot of the songs in the genre. The subject matter is certainly relatable to many. While I get the anger and disappointment that inspired the song, with today's climate of workplace violence it may be too soon for lyrics like "It’s revenge that’s on my mind . . . make them pay . . . I take no prisoners . . . I’m coming back." Depending on the circumstances, I could see some companies pursuing avenues of terroristic threat charges. But then again, Dixie Chicks had "Goodbye Earl" and that did pretty well for them despite causing a ruckus over making light of homicide (however justifiable it was). Anyhow, I'd recommend positioning this song in country realms and seeing how it's received.
Thought homage to Bowie, channeling the vibe appropriately. Strong vocal performance here, passionate and emotional. Strings and piano round out a simultaneously full yet still sparse production style. In promoting such a tribute I think you need to proceed carefully. While the most interested audience might be those who are already fans of Bowie, part of what makes him who he was is the originality and creativity he brought to each project. So there may be an element of his fan base who may really not dig what they may see as a knock-off...while others might really dig this track for being so obviously forthcoming with its "tribute" intention, rather than being a "copycat." For this reason, I would be sure to include some mention(as you did here) of that when posted around social media or on fan Slack channels, message boards, etc.--but those are among the channels I would definitely recommend tapping into for the sake of promotion.
Interesting. First thing that strikes me is how Andy Summers the guitar tone is. Very Police-y riff. The time signature makes it different and more musically compelling but I'm not really feeling it stylistically. I do appreciate the blend of genres here, technically speaking, but I'm kinda wondering, "Is this prog, is this blues, is this rock?" I suppose it's a blend of the three. Solid vocal performance. Musicianship all around is clean and tight. As far as promotion, I'm not really sure which direction to point you in...search out some podcasts with fans who appreciate the musicality of the band (who are looking for more than the same ol' same ol'). We also do some social media / web promotion at coyotemusic.com if you take a look around that site and think it's for you. Feel free to contact via coyotemusic.com/contact. Best of luck! Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music
Raygun's a helluva name. Song's real nice. Sounds like sitting on a porch or near a fireplace with friends. Bridge almost has a Beatles vibe to it. And a trombone?? Definitely the friends hangin' out vibe. Dig it. I can see the performers in my mind--not in a stuffy, dolled-up studio, but rather around my living room right now. I'd me more than happy to give this song some pub through our website: coyotemusic.com. There's a little charge, but not much. We put you on our site and post you around to our social media. You can reach me through any of the ways listed at coyotemusic.com/contact This song's pretty universal. Could sit right alongside Tom Petty or Bob Dylan on radio. And the melody's catchy enough to keep swirling around in your head hours later. Nicely done! Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music
I'm hearing Sir Sly once the vocals come in, which is a good thing in my book. Once again, this could be dropped seamlessly in Alt Nation's programming schedule. At first, the acoustic guitar at 0:25 struck me as too lo-fi to blend with the rest of the song. But after a few listens, I think I'm enjoying the contrast. Despite my Alt Nation mentions, that's not really my wheelhouse stylistically, but I'm still really enjoying the last two songs you've sent to me. I could play this record in my office or in my car or rehearsal studio and I can see my co-workers, kids & wife, and bandmates diggin' it. No suggestions for change on this one. Similar to the guitar lick early in the song, the "bestest" initially caught me as too lo-fi. But upon additional listens I think that's the beauty of both sounds--they jump out and catch the listeners attention. I'd buy your record on vinyl...so please keep me posted on your progress and if you decide to go that route. Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music
I like this one better than the first song you sent my way. Seems a bit more...'mainstream'? But not in a lame, commercial sort of way. But certainly something that could be popped in Alt Nation's playlist on SiriusXM. Maybe try to submit their way via the Advanced Placement show. Something about this reminds me of INXS, the hopeful, soaring, melodic chorus, I think. Nothing jumps out that I would change, really, as far as arrangement or instrumentation. My personal tastes want there to be some more 'bass' sound to it. Not necessarily bass guitar, and maybe using the lower frequencies that are already there. But making it a bit more 'full' would appeal to me. It'd make it a song you'd play loudly in your car with the windows down on a beautiful day. Thanks for sending this my way. Really enjoyed it. Vocals sound great, both performance and production-wise. Song's got great melodies. Not too repetitive, but repetitive enough to hum along to. Since this is in progress, I won't share it on social media. But feel free to let me know when it's ready and I'll share it. You can always reach me via any of the methods at coyotemusic.com/contact.
Sound reminds me of MGMT, as well as Ghostland Observatory's early club gigs in Austin before they hit--when people thought, "what the hell is that?" But it hit, and it hit big. And certainly with conspiracy theorists (and those who aren't into them), Joe Rogan and Alex Jones, there's an audience out there for lyrics of this nature. The production here is solid--the vocals in the intro had me worried for a bit. Thought I was in for 5 minutes of roughness, but then when the full sound kicked it it all made sense. Promotion-wise, there's always the work we do at Coyote Music. We're happy to work with you on some online promotion. It's not free but it's just a few 'tens' of dollars. But it also seems that you've got nearly unlimited options dropping this onto any number of conspiracy websites. Even approach topical podcasters for mentions or to use your song as intro/outro music. If you can get something like that, then you have however many listeners hearing you on every podcast episode in perpetuity. Best of luck! Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music
Great sound and impressive/inspiring bio. As you mentioned a Norah comparison, it reminds me of the first time I heard her at a BMI showcase in 2000. And your recording seems to capture your vibe perfectly--pure and refreshing, sparse yet still full-sounding production. Sonically, you've done your homework and are capturing your sound just as it should, representing your life's experience. I love the idea of recording French versions of your songs, offering renditions in both English and French. And as continue to perform regularly, doing all you physically can to keep your music floating in the air, I think you're right on with the approach of seeking sync opportunities. If you're interested in seeing if we might be a productive team to make this happen, feel free to reach out: coyotemusic.com/contact In any case, best of luck as you continue with your musical career. You have all of the pieces of the musical-success puzzle before you, and many of them already assembled. Just keep at it. Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music
Man, there's something here that people will either really love...or really hate. Sometimes, that's exactly when things go viral and every kid in the world knows the hook. In an obvious way, "Screens" is [literally] in your face and pretty damn annoying. But at the same time it evokes some pretty fun songs I've enjoyed over the years. With a P-Funk type groove, that's a plus. And there's a silly, pop culture commentary reminiscent of Living Colour's "Glamour Boy." I feel like this is a vibe the Long Island band Scatterbrain was going for in the 80s and, more recently, Kiddoo and the Dude out of Austin. If you want to talk through some promotion ideas feel free to reach out via https://www.coyotemusic.com/contact.
Beautiful song. Love the 'unexpected' chord in the verses. Keeps the listener on their toes. Lyrics are vivid and sweet, evoking emotion and clear visions of the natural world. Your finger-picking is strong and consistent, seemingly effortless, allowing the listener to focus on your lyrics instead of concentrating on the guitar--a flowing, colorful background that puts each word on a pedestal. Coincidentally, I spent 5 years in NYC without understanding who I was, after living in Austin for 10 years. Have since returned to Austin. Be sure to reach out when you get here. I think you'll find comfortable musical homes at Cactus Cafe and Saxon Pub for more 'official' shows. But there are rooms all around town to develop songs as they continue to come together. Promotion-wise, Austin's strength of having a thriving scene is also your biggest obstacle. There are countless shows similar to yours every single night. My advice: network with other songwriters. Pool resources. Spend $5 on Facebook to promote your Events. Use Motorblade Postering to get your posters all over town. Investing tens of dollars in a show will help to raise you a bit above the fray. Best of luck! Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music
"A Night Like This" embodies stellar production value. A recording of this sort is at once its own pro & con -- it's got a full-bodied Nashville-country sound. For that reason, it's got potential to break into country radio and spread into fans' playlists. The potential downside to that is that the 'safe' arrangement and standard melodic and instrumental arrangement won't stand out against the existing popular songs. Melissa's got a crystalline voice and support that could take her to the top, possessing as much talent as anyone already there. We'll certainly share this song on our social media. Reach out via email@example.com if you would like to explore additional promotional avenues. Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music
Enjoying the melody and chord progression in this one. Your voice is interesting...compelling with your deliberate delivery. I'd love to hear a bit more range, maybe a harmony vocal in the chorus? Just something to add a little sonic spice to an otherwise solid song. I checked out your appearance on The Voice Russia and loved when you jumped into your higher register. "To Amsterdam" is a much different song, but I think some variation would be a great addition. Your voice is your asset--it sets you apart from other singer/songwriters. Best of luck as you pursue your dream!
Intense rhythmic groove. Brings a Radiohead-meets-Foo Fighters vibe to mind. Not all intense rock, nor not entirely spacey...but enough of both to convey an appealing honesty and intensity. I want a bit more vocal and melodic range, but appreciate the straight-ahead approach of "Futureproof." This is one of the more compelling things that's crossed my path lately. Can't wait to hear a few more songs...which isn't something I say quietly to myself very often.
Really enjoyable song with creative, though subtle, production elements (the slight variation in vocal prominence when the harmony & percussion enter in the refrain). I'd like to see something in the second verse, just so it wasn't identical to the first from an arrangement and production perspective. Short and sweet, but a tune that pulls longingly at the listener's ear. With regard to promotion, in each aspect of a song's creation (and evaluation) I've come to ask myself, "What makes this song undeniable? What differentiates it from every song I've ever heard?" "Whirl Music" doesn't just sit there. It jumps, lives and has some spunk. But especially with a pretty straightforward singer/songwriter style, there is even more music out there with a similar presentation and dynamic. It's important with the creative process to identify what makes your art special and unique amongst the flow of music of similar style and message.
No other word for this song but "cute," one you combine things like making "breakfast clubbin" a verb, the Casio-esque keyboard melody in the chorus, and the sweet-as-sugar vocal harmonies. Could it be TOO sweet? Thinking of where one might hear this song, it'd almost work best on the kids radio stations of Sirius XM (moreso than the Pop or Alt oriented stations). The production is clean and very pro. Diggin' on the simplicity of it, though I'd personally like to hear it kick into another gear after the first verse/chorus--something more full-bodied with drums, bass, and guitars, though not as superpowered as pop-punk. Just a bit more gusto to take the listener on more of a journey. Good song, though. Catchy and certainly with potential to attract the ears of dial-spinners or those whose stream this pops up on.
What a beautiful track. Melodies of folksy Americana but rhythms that move the song into another tier of songwriting and musicianship. Incorporating the sound of atomic movement further develops the theme of the song, as well. While this song may be a little too intelligent for top 40 radio, stations like KEXP (Seattle) or KUTX & KGSR (Austin) might be receptive to Birds Over Arkansas' blend of beauty, creativity, and even catchiness?
Great attitude. Eerie, bluesy, and badass. Really enjoying this song. Looks and sounds like a song that'd be in a bar in a movie, in a joint we all wish we could be in, drinking whiskey, drowning our sorrows, looking longingly around the room for a candidate to create one helluva night with. Music would do well on a tour through Texas. Maybe hookup for a show with Guy Forsyth. Or in Brooklyn, find Bryan Dunn and his community of Rockwood Music Hall troubadours. Great folks, great music, similarities in vibes abound.
First impression is a mid-90s vibe a la a daytime set at Lollapalooza or the unreleased tracks from the 'Singles' soundtrack. Would fit really well on a radio playlist between The Cranberries and Blind Melon. Interesting that the artist's take mentions "late 80s"--we're close, but I'd go with a 1/2-decade later. That's minutia, though. Really enjoy this song. Good summertime soundtrack, driving with that special someone music, or even that introspective headphones-on-at-home music when you just need some time for reflection. Pretty straightforward. No otherworldly musicianship, but it's not going for that. What I really connect with in this song are the Cure-like spacey guitars' soothing arpeggios and the 'singalongable' repetition of the chorus. While I wouldn't classify this as a "holy shit, you've GOTTA here this song," it will easily go into the "I heard a song the other day that you might really like, by a new group in LA..." Nicely done.
Donny, I am all about homegrown recording technology, and 8-tracking one's rawest emotions into a sonic funnel. And I appreciate what you have done with your '72 TEAC. Even level spikes that create distortion are welcomed...until they become frequent. Dialing down in input volume would make this listen more enjoyable. It just peaks too much through the recording to be 'quaint.' I don't hold that against you, though. Life isn't about perfection. It's about emotion. And you've presented a great deal of yours in "The Bitter End." I like "I'm too intoxicated to console." That's some pretty brutally honest shit. Life, like recording, is a process. I feel like you're onto something. You've presented yourself and your music honestly. Even the 'false start' around the 2:06 point...it's endearing. But there's something to be said for honesty + a clean execution of one's art. I think you could lean a little closer to the latter while still retaining the merits of the former. It's good, though. Your melody sounds original. I'd like a more solid drum beat...but it doesn't have to be Terry Bozzio. Again, just a little more former than latter. Really enjoyed the sounds you've shared with me today. Wiley Koepp, Coyote Music
Beautiful. Composed from "the darkest trenches of despair" and "a reaffirmation of the power of the human spirit," Martin Tillman created "Superhuman" for his wife, in a loving dedication to her battle against MS. The result is soundtrack-ready voyage through sound, a sonic progression that effuses positivity, hope, compassion...and love. There is a reason that, when you watch a particularly powerful moment in film, that the accompanying music is so vital to conveying the visual and spoken emotions. Music truly is the soundtrack of our lives. And with "Superhuman" Tillman has chosen to share his personal soundtrack of some of his more personal emotions.
Really interesting concept and music here. Falls somewhere between jazz, ambient, hip hop, electronica...but it isn't any of those things. I'm not completely in love with what you're doing, but it's certainly got my interest because it's different. But also quite familiar. I mean, you're not stepping into bizarro key signatures or atonal melodies. The balance you have between odd/weird/new/different and comfortable/soothing/familiar is quite intriguing. I can totally vibe to this sound. I think it has pretty song commercial potential, as well. This could be the song in the background of a new car commercial, or pitch for a new Apple iPod-type device. It would be the new, fresh sound that would attract people to the new, fresh thing. I like!
Light, airy, and danceable, "Wolves" has a natural home on Top 40 radio, vying for a not-your-everyday-Top-40 spot much the same way Lorde or Gotye did. Overall musical & production vibe is reminiscent of Shakira but Iris' vocal takes a decidedly non-Latin turn. "Wolves" has most every necessary ingredient with regard to its radio-friendly nature: the chorus hits quick (~40 seconds), a sing-a-long melody, head-bobbing rhythm, and the pacing of the stops in the chorus followed by the hook "We Run Like Wolves" will stick in your head all day.
"Love You True" is a gorgeous love song, a wedding gift from Lydia Luce to her brother. The lyrics convey the sentiment of love and dedication newlyweds (hopefully) feel toward each other but often have trouble expressing so eloquently. Musically, the melody and music are reminiscent of an Alison Krauss ballad--stark, harmony-laden, and poignantly tugging at the heartstrings. The song could be a boon in the coming summer wedding season, a la Ben Rue's rendition of "I Can't Wait (Be My Wife)."
What a beautiful, touching song with a poignant and reflective video accompaniment. Certainly, the topics of loss, longing, and relationships are primary inspiration sources of the creation of powerful compositions. "Always" seems such a fitting, worthy tribute to a friend who passed far too soon. "Always" reminds me of Fisher's 1999 single "I Will Love You" because of both the simplicity of the arrangement/instrumentation and passionate subject matter. "Always" may have the potential to reach as wide of an audience, just by virtue of its honesty and emotional message. Share this song and video. Spread the word. And perhaps it will resonate with listeners, exponentially. Wiley Koepp, Owner/Editor Coyote Music www.coyotemusic.com