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NGAUC 2k17 Final Round submission (underdog)!

Took some risks with this track hehe. Kind of a post-rock/folk slow-boiler dealio with a time signature change to boot!

All instruments recorded live except for the glockenspiel, piano, and timpani, those were plugins in my DAW.

My skin is covered with a shell
It's one that i can’t break
Though flesh it may be bound
A way out, it must be found

I don’t want to let your words break through
Though warm as they may be
The blizzard remains unphased
My shell it hardens
Through skin its sewn in

This heat is the last I’ll feel this way
Juvenile years they’ve gone away
And through the turning of the weather
My shell thickens and turns to leather

Words and petty influence, act as flaky agents
And through a field of grass
Not a single blade remains unphased
A flame has risen
Burn all within it

Deceivingly endless, this elaborate labyrinth
In the form of a solid flesh prison
Alive or diseased, it’s one in the same
Through this maze I seem to wander, for the rest, for the rest of my days


I like the distorted puttering at the beginning and the tranquil guitar at :06. The vocals are powerful, but a little too dry. I’d suggest using some more reverb and chorus effects. The lyrics themselves are also rather powerful and entertaining. I think you would’ve been well-advised to add a little more to the instrumentation, though - it lacks variety and direction until around the 2-minute mark, and could use some drums, bass, and other harmonies to give it some more drive and contrast. I like the new direction the piece is taking by around 2:47, but at the same time I think you could’ve integrated the two halves of this piece a little better. Your production quality has improved a lot since last year, but I still wish the drums and acoustic guitar came through a little clearer at 3:33. The solo at the end was very well done - intense, soulful, and climactic. Overall, this is really strong work. I love the energy and the 90s rock vibe. Despite the slow pace and dry vocals, the piece comes together well. Keep it up, Verbicidemusic. ;)

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Nice work. I like the slow build. The Mogwai wail at 3:30 is awesome!

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Hi, Im here to retribute your nice review.. i love the droning guitar sound, and your economic instrumentation in the first 3 minutes helped the lethargic post rock mood, I always saw post rock as very incisive, straight forward and unambiguous despite the average song length, so your effective minimalism works great. The second guitar track in the part with the snare was sweet, it plays the melodies you imagine when you hear the chords throughout the first part of the song. The climax is what I expected and it's good aswell. Good luck on the competition.

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Credits & Info

4.74 / 5.00

Aug 10, 2017
1:12 AM EDT
File Info
4.7 MB
5 min 7 sec

Licensing Terms

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