The Basement Sessions


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The Basement Sessions:

Studio Engineer: Paul Nieuwenhuijsen
Drums: Jorn Juist
Mastering: Bram Juist

Brass Section:
Recorded by: Samuel Hébert (camoshark)
Trumpet - Félix Rheault

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2nd place Halloween 2014!

‘Above the Basement’ combines interesting classical harmony with a modern indie rock style, all with smooth voice and an incredibly well-polished production. The melancholic mood of small orchestral arrangements, gentle guitar riffs, baroque keyboards, clean vocal harmonies and borrowings from Jon Brion and Brian Wilson makes it easy to visualize film scenes when listening to the tracks. This is not strange when you know an orchestra of talented international musicians has been summoned to record the songs. ‘Above the Basement’ might be compared to listening winter-songs on a hot summer evening, or listening summer songs on a cold winter night. Either way, after listening these songs you are left with this particular emotion of both hope and melancholy.

Duration: 15 minutes
Year: 2015

Mixed, Mastered, Video and additional vocals: Bram Juist -Studio Engineer: Paul Nieuwenhuijsen - Drums: Tom Rutgers & Jorn Juist - Guitars: Sander Tijburg - Strings: Niels Hendriksen & Naree Park - Brass Producer: Samuel Hebert - Trumpet: Félix Rheault - French Horn: Alexandre Derguy - Trombone: Jérôme Boisvert - Clarinet: Marco Danesi - Artwork: William Hackney. Compositions, vocals + add. instruments by New Hansen.

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Waah~~ Amazing! I love it! Good work! *3*

Amazing, really relaxing stuff

That drum bus <3

When it hit 1:14, ya'll went full pink floyd. Love it.

newhansen responds:

PinkFloyd is nice ^^

Was definitely a beautiful song. I hear heavy influences of the Beatles during the Sergeant Peppers era (vocals/key change choices/guitar work) mixed with a bit of Danny Elfman's lighthearted approach to Halloween compositions. While the trumpet outro was cool, and Felix is a very talented player, it seemed out of place in the mix.

It wasn't exactly bone chilling, it came off as a much more relaxing song, but I did enjoy it. The production/engineering work was certainly excellent, and you have a nice way of going just to the tip of your head voice before slipping into light falsetto. Great job though, it's a shame you missed the deadline last year but this piece certainly stands out among the others this year.

newhansen responds:

Thats right! The trumpet is amazing. Felix is very talented. I feel so sorry I didn't gave the guy a longer solo. Man, he really can improvise. Hope to work with both Sam and Felix again one day.
It's a shame I missed the Halloween deadline >.<

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4.72 / 5.00

Nov 29, 2013
4:13 PM EST
File Info
7 MB
2 min 50 sec

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