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Countenance (rough draft)

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a rough-draft version of a song off of my upcoming album-in-the-works. enjoy.


Looking forward

If this is any indication of what your album will be I'm looking forward to it. It's real brave of you to put up a rough draft to get suggestions on. There's not much I can say that hasn't said below.

Only to give you a little something, toward the end of the middle (if that makes any sense) when you kind of whisper sing maybe bring the volume up a little because the soft sound works really well for the song but its fading below the music. You, or whomever is singing has a sweet voice maybe you could just lower the sound a little? But enough about all that. Even with this being the first draft, your song is a lot better than a lot of the stuff here. I have a feeling I'll be downloading a lot soon. ;)


I'm finally getting around to reviewing this.

This is a very good song, very well composed and even better performed. A nice swaying 6/8 time is always appreciated by me. The glockenspiel (?) is a real nice touch and you might consider giving that a few more subtle cameos after its introduction.

Since it's the rough draft, the only thing I really feel needs commenting on is the production. Lo-fi is good but sometimes it's actually a bit sloppy, which is a pity because it kinda pulls me out of the listening experience.

First off, I think you should take the time to make a good volume graph for the vocal track. Its overall volume is somewhat too low anyway (I can't really make out a lot of the lyrics), and at certain points it gets snowed under completely for a short time.

There's also the bit from 1:06 and 1:18 where the melody is really too low for your voice. At 3:32 again. I'd really try to either alter it a bit so it falls within your range, or add a line an octave higher and mix that to the background.

Overall I think the vocals are wonderfully done, you have a modest but flexible voice and are able to reach the higher range without having it sound forced or off-key. It's emotional but not pathetic.

The guitar would probably benefit from some compression, I feel the emphasis on the high and mid frequencies is somewhat too small. Because the drums are so (deliciously!) clanky, it gets a little mushy overall.

All said and done this is a great singer/songwriter track and with a little extra thought put into mixing it can compete with acoustic Pearl Jam in its glory days. 5 and download for effort and goodness. Keep it up and don't let douchebags like above lower your spirits in any way.

attemptedperfection responds:

Thanks for the detailed review? I completely agree on the production needing to be taken up a notch or five. I've never even heard of a vocal graph; I usually just play around with it until it sounds halfway-decent. As for the low melody, I've already started playing it a whole step or so higher, and that helped a ton, so the next recording won't have that issue.
Thanks again for the review! Glad you liked it. I'll definitely work on the mixing...



attemptedperfection responds:

dude, you're an asshole.

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Credits & Info

3.33 / 5.00

Dec 13, 2006
10:00 AM EST
File Info
3.1 MB
5 min 25 sec

Licensing Terms

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