The Smell of Summer Seashells

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Thought I would put out this song on NG (it's on soundcloud already) too. I made this last year for an album idea I had that was a bit too ambitious for my own good. I decided that this would be put on a simple album of acoustic songs I've been writing...to be released sometime later this year. Perhaps Summer!

Anyhoo, I'm in love with the ocean and even though I'm far away from one currently, the feeling of the sand and waters still make a big impression on my writing process. Therefore, I came up with a simple, happy, relaxing sea theme that reminds me of just chilling out and watching the waves. A secluded island, preferably.



Sounds like a beautiful and warm sunset - it's very relaxing and makes me feel almost nostalgic. Good job! :-)

The only thing that doesn't really feel right (in my opinion of course) is the recording of your guitar. To me it sounds a bit too "distant" or "roomy". I bet it would be a lot better if the guitar had a close and rich vibe to it but that's just speculation... :-P

Anyway, nice song! :-)

Great job =) This is very pleasing to the ears and the soul. I love the sounds as the ocean as well and like to use them in my tracks also! thanks for your feedback on my track! take care

HalfStepTides responds:

Thank you for your feedback! The ocean is love!
Have a good day.

This is a really nice, simple, atmospheric piece.

It has a nice, steady rhythm accompanied very nicely by the sounds of the oceans waves in the background! were they added after recording the guitar part or did you do it simultanously (sorry just wondering what your recording process was for this track tbh I'm curious)

But so anyway, I like this track


HalfStepTides responds:

Thanks for your feedback! The recording process was a bit interesting because it was intertwined with the creative process too. In fact, I'd like to think of the whole song as an improv piece because I hadn't written anything in advance before I went and pressed the record button. I tracked the rhythm guitar first and proceeded to layer the other slight mid-ranged guitar and then the lead in succession. Afterwards, I mixed the three guitars together and then created the soundscape out of seagull noises and the ocean waves.

I'm glad you liked it!

I really like the mood of the song. I do feel like I'm near the sea.

I think the melody could be a little louder.
I would try to be careful with the ''scratching noise'' that happens when you change chord. Maybe it has something with the way you recorded the guitar?

Other than that, Great song!
Makes me want to light up a fire and watch the sun dive into the ocean.
Keep it up!

HalfStepTides responds:

Thanks for your response! And yes, the scratching noises were a bit intentional because usually when you're listening to a live performance, you can hear the scraping of the neck - just a sort of warm idea I had when I recorded it. Also on a less conceptual note is I just grabbed an old acoustic and sat in the studio right by the mic to record it. Thanks for your input on the melody, I've been thinking the same thing!

Cheers! :)

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Jan 9, 2014
1:16 AM EST
Solo Instrument
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2.1 MB
2 min 16 sec

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