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Estavius ~ Vocal Ver.

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Hey everyone. Troisnyx writing.

This was done as the musical part of a tribute to Epic Battle Fantasy, on its 10th anniversary, which falls on 1 May 2019 -- that day marks 10 years since EBF1 was submitted to Newgrounds. I had the opportunity of working together with Phyrnna again, a little more than half a year since we finished A Breeze From Home. Phy suggested either a medley of tracks, or a vocal version of Estavius, but we only had a month or so to finish from scratch given that the date almost slipped us all by -- and I went with Estavius. This track had already inspired me a fair few years prior, and I suppose it's no surprise now that it's time to revisit it and see what my current ability would yield. Phy wondered if the lyrics could take the direction of being happy to have journeyed with one's friends; I wrote accordingly.

I took heavy inspiration from my previous cover of Estavius (also in the left sidebar along with the original), but I also took heavy inspiration from certain Celtic folk songs that were heavy on the guitar. Scottish and Irish ones come to mind. In the days leading up to the making of this, I'd been hearing a lot of The Corries, The Clancy Brothers, John Denver and similar artists, who have been on Seรกn's listening list on Spotify, and the feel of this sort of folk song has been cemented in me.

Everything I did has only been a nod to Phy's already charming composition. There were many imperfections in the recordings, but Phy kept them -- and surprised me with how well they went.

There seriously needs to be a folk genre entry for Newgrounds. C'mon.

Phy: Composition, mix, master
Trois: Arrangement, lyrics, vox, melodica, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, mandolin, Celtic harp, glockenspiel *CATCHES BREATH*

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LYRICS

REFRAIN
O, never have I dreamed that I would journey far and wide,
seeing new places and new faces beneath the same blue sky.
O, never have I dreamed that I would have you by my side,
that we're all bound to each other for all time.

Every battle where you've fought right beside me,
Every journey, there's the hand unknown that guides me,
and in my every dream you heal the woe that betides me;
you've all been the answer to my prayers:
(to REFRAIN)

O, never have I dreamed that we would be beneath the same stars
that once called out to greet us, like signposts on our way;
O, never have I dreamed that I would see you all again,
that I'd share this bittersweet drink with you today.

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I really like this song, is there a download somewhere?

Such a beautiful voice. Really like the lyrics.

Oh a vocal version, and quite a nice vibe to it. Feels like an ending song as I didn't even expect it.
Thanks.

Per the discord discussion:

I'll just get into it. The composition is great as it is easily able to tell that there is a collaboration between two artist with one purely focusing on the melody and background while another is focused on vocals. The song is pleasant to listen to and chord choices feel great as the song flows. I won't get too much into this area as I feel like this is good enough as is.

A few issues I'm having is with the vocals and clarity of the song. At times, the song feels like it's off tempo, and I'm not sure why this is happening, but it can be a bit disquieting to the ear. Also, I'm noticing some issues with the vocals having artifacts with the background noise, which should always be removed for the the final result as it is a bit distracting.

On a more technical note, I feel like extra space should have been granted for the main vocals because at time, the vocals feels distorted with everything that's going on. I feel like an extra vocal part or proper spacing with EQing may be necessary for this part, but it's not enough for me to take any extra points off.

It really is a great song, but there are some minor issues that deducts some points from the final score.

4/5

Amazing song

Troisnyx responds:

I noticed you'd favourited it too; thank you so much! ๐Ÿ’–

Credits & Info

Troisnyx
Lyrics
Phyrnna
Composer

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Score
4.27 / 5.00

Uploaded
May 1, 2019
8:12 AM EDT
Genre
Miscellaneous
File Info
Song
8.1 MB
3 min 32 sec
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Software
  • Audacity
  • DirectWave
  • FL Studio 20

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