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The Stars Are Melting! (Liquid Starshine Reviews)

Post by Hoblit » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:52 pm

Quick, review them before they get all gooey!
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Post by Lunkhead » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:40 pm

Songs posted!
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Post by vowlvom » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:16 am

Had a first listen on my lunch break, this is a cracking fight! I'll write some reviews once I've had some more listens, but particularly loving the Don Mattingly's Mustache track - really good stuff.
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Post by Lunkhead » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:01 am

We haven't had this many songs in a fight since "Day of the Dead" nearly four years ago!
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Post by Æpplês&vØdkã » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:21 am

Lunkhead wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:01 am
We haven't had this many songs in a fight since "Day of the Dead" nearly four years ago!
And here I am seeing "Pocket Full of Bones" and thinking of Day of the Dead as a potential lyrical theme.
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Post by jb » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:34 pm

Lot of interesting, effortful submissions for this fight. I think Hoblit is my favorite right now.

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Post by jb » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:35 pm

Note: The "Don Mattingly's Mustache" entry is me and infamous songfighter Marcus Kellis, who came to DC to visit friends and stopped by my house to crank out an entry to the fight. Don Mattingly was a childhood hero of mine, and subsequently manager of Marcus's favorite team, the Dodgers. Marcus wrote the lyrics, came up with the chorus melody, sang lead and whistled. I was on producer/engineer duty.
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Post by Hoblit » Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:34 pm

jb wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:34 pm
Lot of interesting, effortful submissions for this fight. I think Hoblit is my favorite right now.

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Post by crumpart » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:40 am

I’ve just noticed that my podcast app hasn’t picked up all the songs in this round. It’s only showing 10 of them. Anyone else having this problem?

Edit: just noticed that I only got 10 of the Please Move songs as well, dammit! (Last week was the first time I used my podcast app to listen because I was away, and it seemed more convenient.)
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Post by gizo » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:24 am

crumpart wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:40 am
I’ve just noticed that my podcast app hasn’t picked up all the songs in this round. It’s only showing 10 of them. Anyone else having this problem?
I got them all in Overcast...
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Post by crumpart » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:36 am

gizo wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:24 am
crumpart wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:40 am
I’ve just noticed that my podcast app hasn’t picked up all the songs in this round. It’s only showing 10 of them. Anyone else having this problem?
I got them all in Overcast...
Dammit. My pocketcasts must be full of bones.
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Post by Æpplês&vØdkã » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:06 pm

CTHAUHAUS:

What I like:
I like the vocal performance in the verses. When the harmonies stick, they really sound good. Production is pretty good, if a tad compressed.

What I don't:
Lots of flat notes in the chorus, doesn't really pick up at any point, just chugs along.

Don Mattingley's Mustache:

What I like:
Okay the lyrics made me chuckle, especially when you get into just name dropping. I like the dichotomy between the verses and the chorus/more uptempo bits. Clever composition!

What I don't:
Maybe add a transition between the slower verse and faster chorus? It picks up rather abruptly but that's okay.

Glenn Case: VOTE

What I like:
I'm a sucker for deep synths and chilled out grooves, so this automatically gets a lot of points in my book. Drums are very meat and potatoes, which works for this kind of style. That chord progression you have going into the chorus makes me super happy. Guitar solo is short but well executed, reminds me of that Supernatural album Santana put out like 20 years ago.

What I don't:
That chord modulation on "souu-und" doesn't quite sit with my ears. Resolution is bold but doesn't work for me either.

Glennny: VOTE


What I like:
You inherently fulfill the optional challenge by going with doo-wop, and I like how that panned guitar comes in. The lyrics are pretty well put together to and fit the style well.

What I don't:
I can't really complain much about this song. Maybe the guitar drowns out the vocals at times during the solo, so it's hard to follow the chord progression. Otherwise, can't complain!

Hoblit:

What I like:
Okay, here's a drinking song...which I was expecting but I like the approach you took to it. Quality lyrics throughout, well recorded, tight performance!

What I don't:
It doesn't really stick with me? I don't know why, it's just not doing it for me.

Hot Pink Halo: VOTE!

What I like:
Something about the 3/4 time and dreamy harmonies and twinkly synth and major 7ths every where makes me extraordinarily happy. Do you ever listen to Broadcast? This kind of reminds me of some of their deeper cuts. I love the minor part halfway through.

What I don't:
Hmm, as with last week, I'm enamoured with your vocal experiments, and the lo-fi production just adds in the charm.

Jerkatorium:


This is whiplash from that last song haha.

What I like:
Tightly executed, well composed. I'm trying to peg what your vocal stylings remind me of but I can't place it. Great guitar solo and entertaining lyrics.

What I don't:
I don't really like how different the way you sing "liquid starshine" is from the rest of the melody. It doesn't fit well imo. But my real complaint is with any pronunciaton of Appalachia that isn't "APP-UH-LATCH-UH". Perhaps it's the people not from the region trying to insist to the locals that the primary "accepted" pronunciation is wrong rubbing me the wrong way as a child. No, dammit, we live here, quit trying to tell me that my pronunciation of my home region is wrong! Remember how much George Bush's poll numbers dipped in 2000 when he went to "NE-VAH-DUH" instead of "NE-VAAAA-DUH". Ahem.

Kyle Rogers:

What I like:
The mellow arrangement. The structure of the song, the high notes in the melody. Actually you have a pretty good sense of melody, and this song is composed pretty well.

What I don't:
You have a particular way of pronouncing words that I really don't like "GRAUWS" "TAWP". Why am I getting so nitpicky this fight with enunciation? I suppose in this case it's a certain stylistic choice that snaps me out of the melody. I'd like to hear it with out the OOMPH on so many words, needs "smoother" delivery?

Miscellaneous Owl: VOTE

What I like:
Your vocal inflections in the verses remind me of the Cranberries with a more upbeat mid/late 90sr alternative sheen on top of them. By and large I'd say you have a knack for melody. I'm a sucker for that grungy chorus.

What I don't:
At times the verse melodies in the back half of the song seem kind of half baked. Vocal recording quality is a bit clipped at times, maybe fix that up?

Paco Del Stinko: VOTE VOTE VOTE

What I like:
Oh yes these chord progressions, yes this bouncy change. You added a meow to the song, and then...oh man an aprupt psychedelic shift! I love those (obviously, I used one too, just a lot less ornate). And the build! And the release! You rock! I only half followed the lyrics but they have plenty of rainbow spaghetti in them so they're great.

What I don't:
Nothing this is amazing.

Phillipso:

What I like:
Great breakbeat + backwards guitar, goes firmly with my perception of "liquid starshine" as an inherently psychedelic phrase. The verses and bridges and all that is totally fine. Your harmonies sound good, the vocals are well recorded. The "I feel incomplete" section is cool.

What I don't:
I don't like the chorus much, the transition into it never seems to fit. The problem is it's embedded in the rest of the song prominently.

Phlebia:

What I like:
I feel like this is definitely a step up from my last couple entries. I think the production mostly came out well, and I get it stuck in my head...but then again it came out of there so I guess it feels at home.

What I don't:
Flubbed a couple notes that I didn't catch until I'd already sent it in. Oh well. Feel like the slow tom and bass and drone part could have been executed a little better. Ending solo needed another take, also too low in the mix.

Pigfarmer JR:

What I like:
Good guitar solo, kind of a catchy song. Vocals are well recorded, structured fairly well.

What I don't:
The lyrics, honestly. I don't want to seem like some fuddy duddy who doesn't like swearing, but it depends on the style. Plus the "reality is screwed up" angle didn't quite appeal to me. I'm sure other people will vote for you, matter of taste.

Third Cat:

What I like:
Airy instrumental soundscape. Flanging. Soft drums. Peaceful. I hear how this would be called liquid starshine.

What I don't:
The mixing. The whooshing is too in the background, the clean guitar is too clear and in the foreground, the soft kick sounds next door, the snare drum sounds 2 feet away. If you're gonna do atmospheric instrumentals, gotta have a bit more...finesse?


Tim Hinkle: VOTE


What I like:
I love tea! Something about it reminds me of Jimmy Buffett. Which reminds me of my dad. Plus it's catchy. I kind of like how it takes a slightly psychedelic turn at the end with the organ and the switch to dorian.

What I don't:
The phased guitar a bit...sharp? Maybe add a high pass? Something to smush it into the mix better.

Tron Air: VOTE!

What I like:
Am I watching Reading Rainbow? Wait no, it's a b-side off of Merriweather Post Pavilion. The harmonies and production on this are impeccable. And that arpeggiated guitar! It's glamerous! I'm bathing in liquid starshine! I can feel the cosmos! This is so much better than last week's entry, yes!

What I don't:
Maybe it reminds me TOO strongly of Animal Collective? Who cares, my instrumental is basically early 80's The Cure distilled so influences are great. I also had My Girls in my wedding mix CD so there.

Vom Vorton: VOTE

What I like:
Those deep synths! Your flow is great, and the song is well produced. I like the kind of nihilistic approach to liquid starshine - not too many people made it noticably dark and that's much appreciated. I know I got into Pigfarmer cause I didn't like the upfront swearing but hip-hop is a context in which it doesn't bother me at all.

What I don't:
Well, it first came on while I was playing dots & lines with my 5 year old son, so I had to reach over and turn it off when the chorus started.
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Post by thirdcatmusic » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:09 am

Chthauhaus - Reminds me of Joy Division, cool attitude on the vocals. I like the "she's one of a kind, she's liquid starshine" line and the lyrics in general are pretty engaging. I like this one. VOTE.

Don Mattingly's Mustache - The verse & chorus seem like different songs which can be a good or bad thing, not sure about it on this one. The chorus is catchy and fun. A maybe vote.

Glenn Case - I love the vibe on this one and the vocals are great for the style. Love the big squelchy synth bass. The drums are groovy. In the running for my favorite of the fight and a definite VOTE.

Glennny - Really cool vocal harmonies. Lovely song and the lyrics are pretty fantastic. Another one I have to VOTE for. Great stuff.

Hoblit - Great groove and well done drinking lyrics. I like this one a lot and probably deserves a vote too. The vocals are good, very expressive.

Hot Pink Halo - I like the spaced out vibe but the whole thing is a bit too off kilter rhythmically, at least on initial listens, might be a thing that grows on me.

Jerkatorium - Clever lyrics and very well done musically/production-wise. This might be one where I appreciate it more than like listening to it though. Not sure - might be a grower. Still I think it deserves a VOTE either way as it's very well done. I think I remember you guys saying you don't like Ween on your podcast but this reminds me of Ween (... like Quebec era ...) I do like Ween, so I mean it as a compliment.

Kyle Rogers - Nice energy for a g&g song. The vocal harmonies could be tighter although I like the ideas.

Misc Owl - Pretty cool garage rock lo-fi vibe. Nice little touch with the keys that come in around 90 seconds in. I saw you said you have been listening to a lot of GBV - and I can definitely hear that here. This one is a maybe voter for me.

Paco del Stinko - This seems like one of the more inspired Paco del Stinko songs, I love the breakdown and build-up section. VOTE.

Phillipso - Love that guitar riff / reversed guitar thing. Great psychedelic rock thing nice. Some nice vocal harmonies too, very tasty. And killer keys. The breakdown bit around 2:35 doesn't work as well for me, but overall this is another in the maybe vote category. Depends on how it grows on me, there are some parts of this I really love.

Phlebia - This seems like something that should be up my alley but isn't really working for me overall but I do like some elements of it - the drums sound pretty good and the vocals are pretty good for this style. But the production/mix lets it down a bit as it sounds all very muddy and lo-fi in a way that doesn't work for me on this type of soong.

Pigfarmer Jr - Pretty well done for the style, but the style isn't really my thing so it's hard for me to get into personally. Still I think this sounds better production/mix-wise than I've heard from you before. Pretty good vocal performance, good guitars.

Tim Hinkle - Interesting mix of sounds here, I like how you can hear each element clearly but my complaint is that it doesn't quite gel altogether into one thing, the elements seem a bit too disconnected. Maybe it's a rhythmic thing more than a production/mix thing. Some catchy vocal lines, reminds me of some '70s jams.

Tron Air - Very pretty instrumental, lovely stuff. Maybe you went a little crazy with the reverb but it sounds nice. The vocals work OK and grow on me as it goes. Overall this one is a maybe vote.

Vom Vorton - OK. The rapping is pretty good and I like the music, nice job keeping it minimalist which is what this kind of style calls for I think. Overall I don't know what to think, but I will give you credit for doing something I wasn't expecting at all from Vom Vorton. Might be a grower for me and a possible vote.
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Re: The Stars Are Melting! (Liquid Starshine Reviews)

Post by gizo » Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:06 pm

Still digesting these tracks, but two lyrics have pleased me in the way they move through the context of the song:

"Our heaven orbits hell"

and

"nobody can tell if we dance or we fight"

nice work, Vom Vorton and Crump.
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Post by neutronflow » Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:34 pm

Cthauhaus: The song feels fairly monotonous but the performance/recording really sells this for me. It just sounds right. The phrase "cassette deck" and the word "silhouette" are pronounced in a way that somehow gives me chills.

Don Mattingly's Mustache: This gives me a Magnetic Fields kind of vibe. I like the chorus better than the verse, but the verse has grown on me over several listens. VOTE

Glenn Case: This is very pleasant to listen to. Doesn't quite grab me as much as some of the other things, but there's nothing I don't like about it. I actually particularly like the modulation on "souu-und."

Glennny: This is delightful and fun. Bright and cheerful, but with cynicism in the marrow of its bones. VOTE

Hoblit: This is quite mellow and pleasant. I don't ever feel super involved by it, but it's enjoyable. I like your vocal delivery. My girlfriend, Jessica, says, "I like the idea of this song, but I don't like the sound of it." Then she said she wants it to sound more like Jimmy Buffet. I'm not really sure I follow what she's thinking.

Hot Pink Halo: I love the sound of this. It's very pretty and ethereal. In the second verse, I think I'd prefer to hear the word "strength" drawn out rather than "our." VOTE

Jerkatorium: This is my favorite of the fight. It's really catchy. Bouncy, fun, and pretty. VOTE

Kyle Rogers: Your guitar playing sounds very nice. The melody gets a bit repetitive. I'd like to hear you sing a different bit of tune the third time through the F#m, A, Bm, D chord pattern, maybe swapping the Bm and D chords under this hypothetical changed up bit.

miscellaneous owl: I'm getting something of a Liz Phair vibe. I love the sound of this. The lyrics are clever; thanks for adding the glosses in the lyrics thread. VOTE

Paco del Stinko: I like the second half a lot more than the first half. I couldn't really follow the lyrics or tell what the song was about, but I think it's possible the first half is supposed to evoke a feeling of tension, in which case it's successful.

Phillipso: I didn't really get into this one. I do really like the way the phrase "liquid starshine" is sung. I also really like the instrumental section starting at 2:13, when the organ comes in.

Phlebia: I liked your song last week better. I like the overall sound of this one, but it doesn't really stay with me. When it ends, "Oh Persephone please move me..." pops into my head.

Pigfarmer Jr: I like the melody to this. Your playing and singing sound good. I'm not quite on board with the lyrics. I like the line "take a chicken and add a kazoo" even though I wouldn't describe a duck like that. I can't fathom what's so inexplicable about skunks.

Third Cat: This sounds like something that should be called "Liquid Starshine." I'm not sure I've ever felt that I grasped the connection between an instrumental on Song Fight and the posted title before. It's a wonderful soundscape that I can feel moving all around me.

Tron Air: There's a really lovely warmth that just washes over me while this is on. It puts me in mind of some 90s Yes things. Jessica says, "I enjoy this. The sparkly things sound like water." VOTE

Vom Vorton: I love the overall sound of this. Wonderful darkly humorous lyrics. Nicely atmospheric music. VOTE
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Re: The Stars Are Melting! (Liquid Starshine Reviews)

Post by Hoblit » Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:55 am

neutronflow wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:34 pm


Hoblit: This is quite mellow and pleasant. I don't ever feel super involved by it, but it's enjoyable. I like your vocal delivery. My girlfriend, Jessica, says, "I like the idea of this song, but I don't like the sound of it." Then she said she wants it to sound more like Jimmy Buffet. I'm not really sure I follow what she's thinking.

I lived in Tampa, FL for 18 years. I wrote this song partly as a tribute to the Tampa Bay area. So as far as Jimmy Buffet goes, she's totally picking up the Florida vibes that he often expresses as well.
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