Optimist (Acoustic Demo)

February 4, 2016 9:44 PM

First demo for RPM2016. 9 songs to go!

Just to get this idea down today. In my head I hear this with loud, dirty, twangy, reverby guitars and layers upon layers of stuff.

posted by chococat (7 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

You choose chords real sweet. I love how it opens up with the harmonies at the 1:00 mark. And the contrast between the content of the lyrics and the mood of the song. Reminds me in a few places of The Beatles' "I'll Be Back".
posted by not_on_display at 11:05 PM on February 4, 2016

Excellent lilting smoky island/latin feel. Ringing and warm harmony writing too.

I can't place why, but somehow it feels like a song for when the bombs are released overhead and you're just like 'OK, so that's happening.'

Hearing a dash of Michael Penn in it, both in the writing and the singing. Which is a very good thing.

A great start for RPM!
posted by BlackPebble at 11:13 AM on February 5, 2016 [1 favorite]

Good as always and second on it calling the Beatles to mind.
posted by AppleSeed at 2:51 PM on February 14, 2016

Beautiful. It works really well as a lo-fi (relative to your other songs, that is...) song with a really easy, unpracticed guitar playing sound, but I also can easily see this with reverbed out guitars. But I love the space in this version.
posted by Corduroy at 10:21 PM on February 16, 2016

Years between mefi music visits, and every time I come back, there's something fantastic from chococat.
posted by frykitty at 5:34 AM on February 19, 2016

This is good as hell. Maybe it's because of the name but I hear some Radiohead in the timbre and some bits of melody and harmony.
posted by valrus at 10:00 PM on March 5, 2016

Thanks so much everyone.
posted by chococat at 9:59 AM on March 6, 2016

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