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AIM 2021 - Sick

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If you all haven't checked out @spicybagel comic "Cryptid Current" yet what are you doing it rules so hard!

Link to the art this was based off of:

Shout to my homie Jules for lending their vocals on both of these contest tracks. Expect to hear from them in the future as we had so much fun recording this that we decided to start up a recording project called "Fucked up Sleep Over".


Verse 1:

How Can I say 

im any better at the things I do?

When the only thing thats different about me?

Is a new Tattoo.

How Can I look you in the face 

When i’ve fallen 

Far out of pace 

I wonder

if you can tell 

That I'm lying through my teeth 

Trying to hide what's underneath 

Chorus(cut the pause out of the chorus turn around):

I x2

Im getting sick 

Of all the things 

I do 

And the things I say

Soon x2

Soon somethings really gotta change 

Know I should really act my age

I x2

Im getting sick 

Of all the shit 

I do 

And the shit I say

Soon x2

Soon somethings really gotta change 

Know I should really act my age

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I really enjoyed the nostalgia trip this track gave me. That chord progression and electric guitar put me back in highschool when I would music that would sound like this to get through major outdoor runs for gym class.

It was amusing how the intro sounds like it's going to be in a minor key, but the "transition" to the major key works so well once the other instruments kick in. Although, I will say that the intro reminded me a lot of the intro to "Pumped Up Kicks" (though the two tracks diverge once we get to the main part of this entry).

The vocals were particularly well done - nice effect on them - the "grating" sound of the distorted voice ties in with the sort of whiny nature/immaturity the lyrics come across as to me. What also really stood out to me was the addition of the chiptune, though I do struggle to say it actually works with the rest of the piece. It felt invasive when played alongside the vocals, but on the other hand, it was neat to see if being used to transition from the verse to the chorus. I'm not really sure if the mixing was really the issue; it's possible the issue is also with the choice of chiptune instrument itself. Have you tried using a wave that is more similar in sound to an electric guitar? I also wonder if the original wave used in this entry would have complemented the vocals better had the vocal filter been removed.

Overall, I think the song is a banger, especially when the chorus hits. I do see the connection between the music and the vibes I get from the artwork's colours (and of course, the electric guitar in the picture).

I'm not sure what it is but this song feels really familiar and nostalgic to me, kind of like a bittersweet memory condensed in audio form. I think I hear a guitar but it's very quiet most of the song, it doesn't really bring down the track but I wish it was a bit louder. Simple but effective, and in my opinion well executed :)

Credits & Info


4.40 / 5.00

Jun 22, 2021
12:25 AM EDT
File Info
3.6 MB
3 min 55 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a commercial project. We can discuss the details.