In A Heartbeat

March 17, 2013 10:43 AM

Song description: pop

Extended song description: poppy.

music, lyric, sound recording p&c DMH 2013

posted by Hoops McCann (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I really love the sunny poppy feel of this -- poppy in the old sense, rather than anything that even remotely approximates to pop these days, which is a tragedy.

Those NI drums are sounding great and I assume that is the NI Scarbee bass you mentioned off line?

My only comment would be about locking the drum and bass together. The drums tend to play an oom-pah kick-snare pattern and then fill in with toms and what not while the bass is playing quite an interesting pattern. My suggestion would be that once you have figured out something on the bass that you like, go back to the drums and edit the kick-snare pattern to match up with the bass line. For example here the bass plays on the 7(or 4-and) before the 1, but the kick doesn't, and it make it feel more generic than it needs to, like the dummer isn't listening to the bass player. If you can get the groove going between the bass and drums, you can do anything you like with the guitars and it will still sound tight. You obviously have the fills down but really concentrate on the groove.

The kick and snare get off the oom-pah around 2' but the bass doesn't really follow them.

That said I do love this -- sunny and memorable. The snare-driven pattern at about 1' is great and it the whole thing has a bit more ambient space around it that some of your other stuff, I guess from reverbs or something, without losing the clarity.
posted by unSane at 10:01 PM on March 17, 2013

not *entirely* sure about the 'driving home for christmas' stardust at 1'57...
posted by unSane at 10:06 PM on March 17, 2013

Wow yeah this is pretty sweet pop, very nice.

I completely agree with UnSane's comments about the bass drum working together with the bass guitar.

The guitar part in the chorus is absolutely lovely :)
posted by greenish at 3:51 AM on March 18, 2013

Thanks both! I know the kick isn't quite right under the chorus on this but I was hoping no-one would notice...shit. I think this one is worth toiling over a bit though so I'll drill down into it and fix that problem, and then re-post shortly.
posted by Hoops McCann at 12:21 PM on March 18, 2013

Is the little guitar solo part at 2:33 a riff on David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes?" I thought that was a fun little detour.

This is very catchy, and I like a lot of the drum variation -- including the nice pseudo-ambient drum fade-out part. Nice one!
posted by edlundart at 9:52 PM on March 19, 2013

Is the little guitar solo part at 2:33 a riff on David Bowie's "Ashes to Ashes?" I thought that was a fun little detour. lost me there mate. I can't think of any part of Ashes To Ashes that remotely resembles any of the guitar parts in this. Mind you, I haven't listened to A to A for about 25 years so perhaps I've forgotten the nuances....
posted by Hoops McCann at 12:48 PM on March 20, 2013

Hahah, okay, it was a long shot. It sounds like "I'm happy, hope you're happy too."
posted by edlundart at 10:27 PM on March 20, 2013

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