May 14, 2007 5:08 AM

How many autoharps is too many? 'Cause this song has four. (more info in the first comment.)

posted by Karlos the Jackal (4 comments total)

This is another song by drowsy, my one-person pop band. Along with the autoharps, there's also keyboard, drum machine, a little bit of harmonica, and an even smaller bit of thumb piano.

Fans of daja's singing will be sorely disappointed; I'm doing duty on this one. Apologies abound.

There are some recording notes here (including a rundown of the different autoharp tracks, and a discussion of why this song is a textbook example of How Not To Write a Song). And the lyrics are here.

Does this little ditty contain a tribute to Wire Train? It might!

As always, comments are valued. (Exchange rates vary.)
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 5:11 AM on May 14, 2007

Well, it doesn't sound excessive to me. But I would pan them a bit, I would put one on the far right, another one on the far left and find some place for the other two so that the overall sound is more robust.

Also, if I'm allowed another opinion is that if perhaps in one of the thumb piano lines, the one that is playing almost all the way thru, rather than doing accents, you played a specific pattern rather than follow the song rhythmically, I think the thumb piano would help the song a bit more.

I love the break. That bit when the drums stop and the keyboard is left alone. I also like the "second drum machine playing out of sync." If you hadn't mentioned I would have thought it was an effect done on purpose. Cool song.
posted by micayetoca at 8:32 AM on May 14, 2007

Yea, I love all of the little bits. The second drum machine, the xylophone thingy. Very cool song.
posted by snsranch at 5:33 PM on May 14, 2007

Micayetoca, you're always allowed another opinion.

There's only one thumb piano -- off to the far left and playing only after every two lines in the verses. What's the other thing you're hearing?
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 4:31 PM on May 16, 2007

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