New song and video by my band, Storm Team. It's about a dream of picnicking at the zoo. Video link. Just watch that. [more inside]
Straightforward classic pop. I banged it out in GarageBand yesterday. Music and lyrics by me. I also did the vocals, guitars, and bass tracks. Plenty of rough edges I know (my voice isn't great, the guitar solo should really be horns, and the drums sound a bit lifeless), but otherwise I think it came out pretty well. Back to studying for the bar exam! [more inside]
This is a rough mix of a nearly finished tune. Wanted to unleash it a bit early. [more inside]
this is sort of a duet, in that it has the perspective of both people in this (difficult) relationship, but is sung by one person. [more inside]
Sailing Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands [more inside]
Final version of the rough acoustic demo I posted a few days back. A bit of blue-eyed soul, a bit of BONNY era Prefab Sprout, a bit of TEMPTED era Squeeze and a few 10cc harmonies, and the guitar from Alison. Did I miss anything? [more inside]
First song off my new EP, strange psychedelic pop, maybe a little scary [more inside]
In which my Prefab Sprout obsession results in a nakedly sappy love song speculating about the origins and end of the universe. [more inside]
For anyone who loves Tortoise and especially the fired up drive of their first two albums, or maybe Sputniks Down, you will likely love an ear-scoop of this Ummagma track. [more inside]
While the term space rock is kicked around quite often these days, there is something else out there: space pop. This song epitomizes that term, as reflected in the title itself. Poppy, spacey and ethereal trip to the cosmos. [more inside]
Resistor celebrates springtime with a lush new single, "Everyone I Know." This hook-laden dance-pop number is seasoned with Resistor's cynical charm, pondering whether originality can exist if a person is merely a product of his environment. Of course, the existentialism lurks beneath many layers of burbling synths, glitchy drum machines, and boy-girl harmonies. [more inside]
For some of the best things in life, intensity builds as anticipation kicks in. That is what this Ummagma track is for me - with layer on layer, building a sort of icicle/sand castle that never melts or washes away. It just builds and then takes flight. I hope you will feel the same. Of course, there is that The Smiths thing happening - happy music, depressing lyrics. Rightly so. Spot on - have a read. [more inside]
My new band. Our new song. Video link inside. Just watch the video. Hip-hop influence pop-dance weirdatude. [more inside]
This remix of the track "Lama" does not outright flip the original version on its head, though it does dress it in a murkier shade of darkgaze (darkwave). The bright dreamy element from the original version spills over into this version too, so as to not detract from the original point of this song in the first place. I hope you enjoy it. Your feedback is most welcome.
It's funny how sometimes it takes all but a few minutes to write a song, while the development of another song can really stretch out. This was one of those stretches - "Risky" was a song that was written "in chunks" - the basic instrumental bit was written in Kyiv, Ukraine before a big move to western Ukraine and then to Canada, where the rest was written & recorded before finally being dragged back to Ukraine, where it was properly mixed and mastered. The time span from start to finish: 5 years. All that moving around was us, by the way, not just the tracks bouncing around in cyber space. Thus is the history of this track. I'm posting the lyrics too if anyone wants to have a go at them or "sing along" …. yeah, right… any feedback is welcome. Peace. [more inside]
Song description: pop [more inside]
Went into a studio this last weekend without songs written and this is one that came out. It's kinda glossy post punk. [more inside]
"If You Don't Cry" by Resistor (originally performed by The Magnetic Fields).
Another bit of synthpop metacommentary in the form of the funny-cause-it's-sad-cause-it's-true inner monologue of a cynical artist. [more inside]
Final version of the song I posted a few days ago. Also my New Year's challenge entry. The usual 70s-tinged nonsense. [more inside]
A song about the lovely location called Anglesey.
So I have another instrumental piece of pop to share with everyone. This one has lyrics but I don't like the way my vocals sound with it. It basically expresses remorse for a Wet Reckless (reduced DUI) in a roundabout way all while using a 1-5-6-4 progression that avoids total cliché by way of a treble synth playing altered tones and keeping it fresh. [more inside]
A sort of sixties-ish jangly folk-pop demo with a couple of synthy touches.
7/8 is usually thought of as an aggressive time signature — for the likes of harder jazz, metalcore, and Stravinsky. But here I'm using it in a ballad. The melody playfully bounces and trips over itself in 7/8, blushing and giggling around its crush while trying to be smooth with racing thoughts and too much to say. Still trying to find the right words and vocalist.
I've always wanted to write a blue-eyed Northern Soul stomper. And it appears now I have, kinda. Grab some Lucozade and a towel and we'll have a MeFi meetup down at the Wigan Casino. [more inside]
My take on the McCartney Christmas tune. [more inside]
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The 11th entry in the monthly series of homemade synthpop singles from Resistor, "Narcissist" does what it says on the tin. [more inside]
Chococat asked about a stripped version of this song I posted a few days ago. I tried and failed. [more inside]
A simple electro-ukulele ode to solitude and song. [more inside]
I remixed this song I posted a few days ago taking into account some of the feedback and I like it a whole lot better now! [more inside]
OK, this is a shitty mix, I freely admit, but I need to draw a line under it for the moment. Features an underwhelming banjo solo -- in fact the only thing I can play on the banjo as yet -- and a bunch of notes I really can't hit, but I still like it for the way it kicks off at about 1'45, and in particular the lift at 2'20. It's a hell of a lot of fun to play live too. [more inside]
Here's me bashing away on our crappy piano, from this past winter. It's a song about blindly following things.
This one is a sparkly nugget of synthpop about the bitter, self-sabotaging adolescent lurking within all of us. Or at least within me. It's classic Resistor. [more inside]
This might be a good song for a sunny summer weekend! My wife Sue sings it. Other ingredients: Autoharp, marimba, and a boss baritone sax solo supplied by MeFi's own man vs sun. [more inside]
Working on an album in which I play all the instruments and sing. [more inside]
A homemade synthpop tune about the myth of the meritocracy and the pain of being an artist without an audience, like something Stephin Merritt could've come up with on a dreary evening in an alternate universe where The Magnetic Fields never got popular. [more inside]
This is an electro version of the theme song to the children's show "The World of David the Gnome," which aired in the US on Nickelodeon from 1987 to 1995. [more inside]
My version of a pop song [more inside]
This is a balls out little rush of a song that I came up with on my iPhone of all places. After I got the first line I realized it was going to have to continue in the same vein so I went over to AskMe for help. I just meant this to be a rough sketch but I ended up liking the feel of it even though it's ridiculously ragged. The song's a sort of statement of intent, I guess. Equal parts Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick and the Stones, more or less. [more inside]
My attempt at a modern new wave instrumental, and a new way of recording with Ableton. [more inside]
A new synthpop song from Resistor about all the lies we agree to believe in so we can make it through the day. [more inside]
My band Teen Mom released an album, titled Mean Tom! This is the first single, You and Me. [more inside]
A synthesized take on the Beach Boys by Resistor.
A bit of mellow but bight piano-based pop in 6/8, ostensibly about getting out of your head and into your life. [more inside]
I made a Rock and Roll. I like Rock and Roll. [more inside]
A minor-key waltzing synthpop lament of being unemployed and underappreciated. [more inside]
A driving four-on-the-floor guitar song recorded by my band Boeufcake. [more inside]
It was 1978. I was 13. And I bought my first album, The Motors, because I loved this song more than life itself. [more inside]