I like the FX that sets the scene, and the fade-in of the soothing melody at :08. The thematic elements of the piece are fantastic, and I really like the lyrics. The vocals themselves are also quite impressive, and sit really nicely in the mix. I appreciate the increase in the energy as the piece goes on, but I think it didn't quite soon enough for my tastes. The directionality of the piece is pretty predictable and uniform, without much shape within the main framework (besides the intro and outro). That said, I really liked the transition at 3:01 and the more furtive vocals at the very end. Made the piece feel really complete to tie together the relative tranquility of the beginning and the energy of the main section. Overall, great work! ;)
I can't take credit for the lyrics - they're taken out of a book written by Ree Soesbee, so all the credit goes to her! And the vocals are from Alwiren, a very talented singer!
Agreed, the piece is quite predictable and uniform. I don't necessarily see that as a bad thing for a sea shanty though. A lot of the sea shanties that I heard before starting work on this track have a very predictable structure/flow that cycles through like two melodies max, no doubt due to the original function of sea shanties - to be sung by sailors while they're working on the ship, to keep people's interest and rhythm going. Since we wanted this to work as a standalone track, we tried to change things up a little with that intro/outro, some mood changes, and a surprise new melody at the end, but we still wanted to keep it conservative to remain true to the genre!
Thanks a lot for your awesome review as always!
The arrangement and vocals are beautiful, and you did a great job making them jam together. Most of the instrumentation is nice (not sure about the accordion), but it does sound more computery than it needs to since every note is right on the grid and there is little/no variation when motifs are repeated. The vocals help a lot with improving that though :)
Did you win?
BUOY holy crap it's been too long! Nice to see you around again.
It does sound kinda computerised. You're not the first to bring that up! We're probably making another version of this with clearer vocals and a few other changes, so we'll likely look into that.
We did win, results were announced in the below video! (the top contenders were announced 11 minutes in, and 19 minutes in the winner was announced)
So that's pretty cool.
Thanks for dropping by! Hope you're doing well.
What a masterpiece! I really loved the atmosphere, it really is like if I was a pirate.
That is what I was going for!
Lovely! Enjoyed your singing, @Alwiren
Hey again! I'm glad you liked the song, and Alwiren is happy you enjoyed the singing!
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