Can you get nostalgia from a license plate? [more inside]
In which I attempt to turn songs I love into 80s space disco for no particular reason.
Happy Father's Day, the official kick-off of Hot Dad Summer!
Kind of a slightly twee sadgirl pop song, of the very trans variety. [more inside]
Another pop song [more inside]
Using my friend's old Roland SoundCanvas to get the mellotron-esque string sounds and the Yamaha SLG-100 for the acoustic vibes. It records remarkably well, though definitely not the same as the real thing. Little bit of fretless bass action on here as well!! [more inside]
Trying out some new recording equipment [more inside]
The 2nd track on my latest album (also posted over at Projects.) A pandemic project, of all original music by myself & my partner, Molly Doris-Pierce. This one is a bit of a favorite of mine. Vocals, guitar, organ, bass guitar, drums.
Springtime is back baby!!
A stompy, Floyd-y thing with downbeat lyrics that hopefully end on a note of optimism.
Another track from our 33 song project, it dovetails with the one after it. Big noise. https://archive.org/details/33Songs https://henriettatoughlove.bandcamp.com/album/33-songs-for-33-people [more inside]
Third song in a 33 song, 3.5 hour project some friends and I have been working on over the past 14 months or so. A gnostic fable masquerading as a scene from a film noir. The rest are here: https://archive.org/details/33Songs
Second song in a 33 song, 3.5 hour project some friends and I have been working on over the past 14 months or so. The rest are here: http://henriettatoughlove.com/ https://archive.org/details/33Songs https://henriettatoughlove.bandcamp.com/album/33-songs-for-33-people [more inside]
This is the first song in a 33 song, 3.5 hour project some friends and I have been working on over the past 14 months or so. It was meant to take 4 months, but you know.. The whole thing is free to stream or download, donations are welcome, we're not really here to make ourselves rich and famous, because what could be more dull? http://henriettatoughlove.com/ https://archive.org/details/33Songs https://henriettatoughlove.bandcamp.com/album/33-songs-for-33-people
Another pop song with the classic pop band instrumentation [more inside]
another pop song [more inside]
pop song with a train beat feel [more inside]
I’ve been working on a musical collaboration with a fellow musician friend of mine during these crazy coronavirus times, in hopes of generating something fun and creative while we have all this spare time not working or gigging. Here's the second song from that collaboration.
I’ve been working on a musical collaboration with a fellow musician friend of mine during these crazy coronavirus times, in hopes of generating something fun and creative while we have all this spare time not working or gigging. Here's the first song from that collaboration. [more inside]
A stab at epic, guitar-based pop by our band Sredni Vashtar, with a (very unauthorised) guest appearance from Winona Ryder in the middle eight. [more inside]
Short, sweet, sappy love song. [more inside]
A simple pop song for synth, drum machine and vocoder. Featuring another cheeky sequence from the Prophet-6! [more inside]
vocodin' [more inside]
E-40 + Kamaiyah + MJ
Inspired by a clickbait headline, an ode to deleting my social media accounts. [more inside]
After co-writing and producing an album for a friend this year I decided, what the hell, Trump is President and we're all gonna die, may as well get over my fear of singing and write a solo album. This is the first compositon that gelled from that effort and made it onto the final album (which album can be heard on Bandcamp here). Recorded entirely in my spare bedroom, using Logic, Ableton, various iOS music apps, and my own human body.
A quick, old tune
This is my take on a song by one of the hosts of [dopey podcast](http://dopeypodcast.com), the one they close out every episode with. Came out kinda like a ska tune somehow. Got my daughters doing a little background vox.
A (very) quick upbeat pop song featuring my baritone acoustic guitar and heaps of songwriting cliches. [more inside]
"Something inside me's changed—I was so much younger yesterday." I learned and recorded this cover of Hailee Steinfeld's "Starving" in a half hour one afternoon last month. [more inside]
An upbeat ditty about falling in love, blah blah blah. Cobbled together during my currently-on-hiatus 52 weeks project. Inspired by Holiday-era Magnetic Fields. [more inside]
So this is another song, audio is taken directly from the youtube video here. This is a live performance, did a session in the lighting hire and install company I work for over the weekend. This video forms part of a competition entry for our band. [more inside]
Something fairly new. This is two of us playing live, me on bass and singing, and synth and drum machine from Magnus. [more inside]
Triste! Onwards to 2017...
It's about the prez-elect, had to make a quick mumble-rap-hop / norah-jones-ish / slow jam thing about it to keep my head up
I needed this challenge to get away from the song I've been slowwwwly working on otherwise. I recorded some of it last year, but heavily edited and added onto it last night, and then trimmed it down to a slim fifty-seven seconds. Song 14 in my Unu Kanto Po Semajno series.
My good friend and music senpai Jeremy Blake wrote and recorded a song called "My Heart as Your Home" that I immediately fell in love with. I recently got a chance to record a cover of it with my younger brother. He played ukelele and sang the lead; I did all the arrangement, production, and backup vocals. I think it turned out really nicely. [more inside]
My son asked me to record his heartbeat for some school thing a few months ago. I had this heartbeat lying around so I added some Moog to it and Bob's your uncle it became a synthpop song.
I play bass in this power-pop-rock band called Buzzie. Song written by John McElhenney with minimal arrangement contributions by the rest of us. [more inside]
So I took my Jazzmaster to Lefkas, and this was the result. [more inside]
Song #6 in my less-and-less-aptly-named Unu Kanto Po Semajno series. Kinda poppy and abstract... you know those old Beach & Surf movies of the late 1950's, early 1960's -- the kind starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon? Or like, Sally Field in Gidget? This is the kinda music I'd wanna dub over the original score.
Just as the seasons can see a categorical change in all the features embodied in this one unifying phenomenon we call 'the weather', so too can a song be totally turned on its head from the original version, doing a near about-face.... that is what happened to this track in this remix by Malcolm Holmes, famous for his participation in legendary synthpop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD). [more inside]
My new Abba meets Ace Of Base (?) sad-in-a-nightclub song.
A quick little pop song about the early days of falling in love. [more inside]
Two of my favourite bands in the world are Stereolab and Cocteau Twins and another band whose music I find greatly inspiring is Pink Floyd. This song is a pure project of this triangular love for these three bands. Enjoy!
Final mix. My on & off again pop Combo, Buzzie. I posted the live rough from the session back in Feb, and "we" finally got it done. [more inside]
New recording of an old song with the following Garageband synths: "hip hop kit", "pop flute" and "shimmering harpsichord" (IIRC). Song about good friends who have, by now, all moved away. I'd love any thoughts on this. [more inside]
There's a saying that aging is like sailing into an asteroid field, where the asteroids get thicker and thicker until one hits you. This is a song about that. One take everything. Video.
My friends and I have been playing together for a few years, we get a couple shows each year here in minneapolis. We recorded a few of the new songs, this one is a straight ahead pop song