I appreciate that you went for a bit of a different sound with the guitars this time. Perhaps it’s something about the amp? Anyway, I love the climax into :22. The vocals are seriously strong as always. Perhaps the instrumentation changes a tad suddenly at 1:02, but that’s a small detail. I really liked the rhythmic elements and energy of the post-chorus at 1:40, but I think you didn’t quite spit out some of the syllables there (“something” sounds like it got cut off). The instrumentation is a tad wonky, admittedly, but I actually really like the structure. It’s not a long piece, but I feel like you did a lot with the form. I’m hugely impressed that you continue to bang out these fun, energetic, strongly-mastered pieces every 2 weeks, Finn. By all means, keep up the great work!
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This is such an awesome 80s-vibe synthpop song! Dude, your work has consistently amazed me throughout the NGADM, and this is definitely no exception. The chorus is catchy, the song is well-composed, well-arranged, and well-produced. I mean, those claps in the chorus? Crazy good!
Maybe the one thing I would say about the track is that imo the lyrics could use a bit more phonetic development (although this is definitely a very nitpicky thing haha). For example, in the choruses, you've got a really catchy two-note motif for "feeling", "feeling", "feel it", and "heat wave". And once you've set up the pattern with two "feeling"s and a "feel it", it'd be cool if the third iteration of the motif was either "feeling" again or something that sounds similar ("heat wave" is different in both the vowel sounds and consonant sounds—maybe something like "healing", "feed it", etc. Not that these words would fit content-wise, but just as examples in terms of pure phonetics.)
But tbh this is the kind of thing that I tend to care about a lot more than other people, and all in all, it's another really great, really FinnMK song. Good luck in the compo! :D :D
Thanks for your kind words! Neat advice about the phonetics. I've never even considered that sort of thing before. I'll have to keep it in mind for the future.
Why is everyone hating on this song, it is pretty good, but it does feel weird and I don't think this is a good style for you to be honest, but you still managed to make me listen to it all!
Great stuff as usual, FinnMK! I almost enjoy that it isn't as big as your songs usually are, but there are so many interesting things happening rhythmically that keep it interesting throughout. The sections that hit at 1:02 and 2:27 are my favourite parts of the song :) I also have a soft spot for songs that are short and sweet so I enjoyed this a lot. Good luck this round!
Variety is the spice of music and life, for sure. Those sections are the 'choruses', though it's sorta hard to tell with this song structure haha. Looking forward to yours!
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