No Surprises

July 30, 2012 4:00 PM

I downloaded a karaoke file to help find out how the arrangement was put together (although the file I downloaded seems to have some odd deviations from the original track). Somehow I ended up rearranging the tracks and assigning them to string quartet, woodwind, church organ, marimba and dulcimer. And TR808. Not real, of course. I liked the way it sounded enough to keep it. And then I put vocals on it, and I don't know whether it didn't all go (as Satie would put it) au form du poire.

I honestly don't know whether this is a good idea, but I suppose if it isn't it's not going to spoil anyone's day. Or night. I'm listening to it over and over.

I suspect it's not different enough to be interesting, and not good enough to be good.

Sorry to be apologetic, but I don't want to be the person who lets the side down by not uploading anything at all, and I don't want to be the person who lets the side down by uploading something a bit rotten.

posted by Grangousier (14 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

I suspect it's not different enough to be interesting, and not good enough to be good.

The instrumentation and vocals are so earnest it sells the arrangement. And the 808. Anything with 808 tells my soul, "You love this."
posted by man vs sun at 5:03 PM on July 30, 2012 [2 favorites]

I enjoyed the heck out of this!
posted by TwoWordReview at 5:41 PM on July 30, 2012

I rather enjoyed it...
posted by jim in austin at 8:18 PM on July 30, 2012

I really like this! Great job! The vocal style works very well.
posted by edlundart at 9:24 PM on July 30, 2012

Oh, what a nice surprise! Thank you very much! I honestly had no idea whether I should upload it or not, and was just about ready to slink off into the night, so it's made me very happy to find out that some people enjoyed it.

I did learn a couple of things - one is that setting a vocal against a completely sequenced thing like this would be easier, I suspect, if I had a vocal to begin with, or certainly much earlier on; the other is that, since I don't really cover other people's material (when I was starting out, in the late 70s, it was a badge of honour that one didn't!), and so I'm usually comparing what I've recorded with something that was previously in my head - doing something that I already know very well indeed is hard. I tried to think of radical departures, but couldn't really do it, partly because I didn't want to take the piss out of the song.
posted by Grangousier at 3:22 AM on July 31, 2012

yeah, nice work... I agree with man vs sun about the (perceived) earnestness.
posted by dubold at 4:31 AM on July 31, 2012

This reminds me of this, which is a compliment, in my book.

It comes in so delicately, and builds wonderfully. I could keep listening to this all day.
posted by onehalfjunco at 6:41 AM on July 31, 2012

Yeah, I find this hilariously funny, not because it's bad (which it's not, not at all), but because, yeah, it just sounds so un-ironic (earnest, if you will) while at the same time being sort of silly. It's a good arrangement, too, which adds to the effect. This is fun.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:38 AM on July 31, 2012 [1 favorite]

Really enjoyed this. Rather made me desire a cocktail for accompaniment, though, and this still a couple of hours short of a decent hour for cocktails. That is also a compliment in my book.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:30 AM on July 31, 2012

Grangousier = Jens Lekman

posted by Doleful Creature at 11:56 AM on July 31, 2012

This is amazing. Everything works so well, vocals are perfect for this.
posted by Elmore at 5:06 PM on July 31, 2012

Loved this. The beginning had a totally awesome Enya feel, and thus your vocals surprised me in a really interesting way.
posted by Corduroy at 11:36 PM on August 2, 2012

Holy shit, this is great! I'll have to rethink my earnest solo-guitar version.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:11 PM on September 5, 2012

This is in my Christmas playlist (I know, I know) and I love it more every time I hear it. I cannot wait to make my cover-loving partner listen to it. Thank you.
posted by geek anachronism at 2:52 AM on December 21, 2012

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