two can go low

April 23, 2007 10:53 PM

Most of my songs are sparse. This one is not! It's got "a lot of sound," and some bite. Does it kick buttocks? You decide.

posted by edlundart (15 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Oh, like several other songs of mine, this one features Riadsala on bass. He records his parts over in Scotland and sends them to me over this here internet.
posted by edlundart at 11:00 PM on April 23, 2007

(This is my first MeFi Music Comment... I'm new here)

Dude, this is nice! Vocals remind me of Matthew Sweet. The bass part is great. Nice sound all-around. I'm going to try to find some of your other tracks now...
posted by verevi at 11:48 PM on April 23, 2007

Superb, really. The production is warm, the vocals are clear and the song is catchy.
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:01 AM on April 24, 2007 [1 favorite]

Thanks, guys! verevi, in case you didn't know, you can find my other songs by clicking on my user name, then look for the number of songs in Music under contributions. You should end up here.
posted by edlundart at 5:30 AM on April 24, 2007

Absolutely excellent. Great song, extremely well produced. Once I heard the drum sounds at the beginning I knew it'd be great! Are they all samples? Probably the best you've posted and I've loved all your other tracks!
posted by TwoWordReview at 6:20 AM on April 24, 2007

I agree with TwoWordReview, this is the best song you've posted so far. Extra points for the line "I love your cost efficiency, but what about the cost of common decency." Why didn't you post the lyrics?

I also really like that strange acoustic guitar on the right side. How did you do that sound?

The song is so catchy and well produced that I can't imagine it not going far in that Most Favorited list.
posted by micayetoca at 9:14 AM on April 24, 2007

Wow, thanks for all the superlatives. TwoWordReview, the drums are all one shot samples that I programmed. I usually try to do more variations (velocity, pitch, different patterns and drum fills), but this song seemed to call for a rather straight-ahead pounding of the drums. micayetoca, interestingly enough, the acoustic guitar is practically the only thing in this track that was just recorded straight and has no processing of any kind on it. At the recording stage, I ran it through some heavy compression/limiting, and cut some low frequencies through an EQ plugin, but after that it's just one raw take. My acoustic is a cheap-o guitar, and whatever I do with EQ and stuff is basically to attempt to combat its boominess and dull tone.

I think I have this vague fear that posting lyrics might seem self-important or something. But since you asked, I am more than happy to share:

i've been calling
you've been telling me your lies
i hope you feel your conscience burning
but i don't see it in your eyes

and i don't know if you can tell
but i'm aching to tell you to go to hell
i might as well

the truth is dawning
i was hoping for good news
i guess the checks that i've been sending
weren't of much use

you love your cost efficiency
but what about the cost to common decency
and human dignity?

i can't believe you even dare
to talk to me about what isn't fair
i mean get out of here

and in case you want to know
i've got plans for you to reap more than you sow
two can go low

posted by edlundart at 2:28 PM on April 24, 2007

micayetoca, on second thought, there are two significant things to say about the sound of the acoustic: It was played with my fingers rather than with a pick, and I was using a capo on the 6th fret, so it's quite a bit higher in pitch than how you normally hear an acoustic guitar.
posted by edlundart at 2:36 PM on April 24, 2007

Oh, it must be the combination of the frequencies you cut with the capo and the steel strings (it has steel strings, right?). Lovely sound, and it was perfectly confined to one side of the mix, so it is more distinguishable that way.

And I feel the exact same way about the lyrics, that's also why I asked you to post them. You know, I actually once asked mathowie in a metathread if we could have some sort of button (like the flag and favorite buttons) that would open a pop-up with the lyrics on command, so that they didn't use a lot of space in the comments, but people could consult them if they wanted. It seemed like he didn't discard the idea. I should try to lobby with cortex to see if I can make it happen.
posted by micayetoca at 2:56 PM on April 24, 2007

Steel strings, yes. I'm all for the lyrics to songs being posted in one way or another. I don't mind it being in the comments, actually. As a reader I think I prefer that. But as a poster, I feel a little shy about doing it. I think that might be more my problem than a problem of the structure of the site, though. On the other hand, if more lyrics were posted if we had a distinct system for it, then I guess that's definitely a good thing.
posted by edlundart at 4:03 PM on April 24, 2007

Consider the buttocks kicked.

Excellent track.
posted by Ynoxas at 9:15 PM on April 29, 2007

Mm. I want to eat that riff for lunch.
posted by By The Grace of God at 12:42 PM on May 4, 2007

One of your best yet, edlundart! The production feels really polished too. Thanks for posting this.
posted by Galvatron at 11:27 AM on May 6, 2007

Definite top-down cruising music.
posted by Eideteker at 1:29 PM on May 9, 2007

I missed this until just seeing it on the playlist/favorite lists.

Yea, the buttocks are kicked alright!
posted by snsranch at 1:57 PM on May 9, 2007

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