Close Your Eyes

April 23, 2007 3:51 AM

This is a demo that my friend James Burnham and I co-wrote and co-produced last month in Cubase. The harmonies fall apart a little in the end, but I thought it was worth posting. We'll probably re-mix it soon. I'm singing; James programmed. - Tyler Massey

posted by chuckdarwin (5 comments total)

Cool keyboards. The synthy synths seem out of place, to my ears, but the vocals are really great. Some nice rhythmic parts too. It's got a dreamy sound and a good hook. Nice!
posted by edlundart at 11:07 PM on April 23, 2007

Thanks, elundart... it's the first time I've ever worked with James, who is mainly an electronica person, so it was a little too 'synthy' for me as well. But the end product was good enough to post (I thought). I hope the next thing we crank out will be more guitar- and violin-based.
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:52 AM on April 24, 2007

I have to agree with edlundart. The vocals are the strongest part of this, they're very nice, and organic sounding in contrast to everything else. The best parts are with the vocals/bass/drums and Rhodes-y sounding keys.
You may totally NOT be into this kind of music, but the vocals to me are reminiscent of bands like Midlake or the Doves. It might be interesting for you to try out different genres and sounds.
Or not.
Good stuff, regardless.
posted by chococat at 6:02 PM on April 25, 2007

Hey, chococat - thanks for the comment. I honestly do like your stuff. I'm a huge fan of Midlake... so you're right on target. This is a big departure for me - my stuff is normally all acoustic-based. I'll upload a better one now!
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:59 AM on April 26, 2007

This is quite good.

The stereo panning of the electric piano is a little too aggressive. I'd narrow it a bit.

The synthy synth mentioned above, yeah, too much. But the line is good, just mellow it.

The bass line is delicious.
posted by Ynoxas at 9:29 PM on April 29, 2007

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