Only thing I would say mix wise, is the kick drum (+kit) sounds out of place on some tracks. Suits some but not others.
The whole album reminds me of Husker Du (Warehouse). Not musically but in its searching nature...if that makes sense. Other tracks that stand out are; Swing It Over, How Do You Like it? Vile And Splendid. It's a cohesive album with many melodic vocal hooks/guit solos(that I like) and no track seems out of place. All have attractive qualities in varying degrees.
I do think its the best entry so far.
Fantastic work guys!
The original version of what would become Looking Glass was very different, including lyrics and vocal melody, and goes back to the mid-90s.
Several years ago I had submitted a skeletal arrangement of the song where I used synth piano as a placeholder for guitar parts that would come later, with new lyrics being provided by PM&S, but at the time of that submission, SFC didn't exist, so it really just going to be a "JARG song". Other musical projects/songs came along and this never got out of the "what do you think?" stage, and to be honest, I kinda' forgot about the song.
Then a few months ago PM&S approached me about resurrecting the song and including it on the album, keeping the piano-to-become-guitar parts as piano (PM&S has a friend who's quite a good pianist), so I changed up the arrangement a bit to better accommodate a dedicated piano part and rewrote the piano part to be, well more of an actual piano part. The pianist took what I wrote and made it better. Far better. (Not that hard to do since I'm just a lowly guitarist!). I personally don't get an R.E.M. vibe from it (I usually only hear Rush influences in my songs), but I think it's cool that you do.
Here's how the song originally sounded. Yeah, I think we improved the hell out of it.
Hear the Rush in the earlier version. Syncopated drums guitar start, stripped down bass, guit, drums. Think it's the piano and vocal line in a few areas that makes me say REM in the later incarnation. Thanks for the explanation with the Looking Glass song, was actually wondering about it. Incredible how you've all transformed the music into such an amazing piece.
Edited by condemned2bfree, 09 January 2021 - 04:08 AM.