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Dark Reflections

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After a short 3 day period, I present to you my next release, "Dark Reflections". This was mainly just a song for me to have fun and mess around with.

There will be lyrics in this one, I just need to find some good male and female vocalists.

This is also going to be my submission for NGADM 2019. Wish me luck <3!

I hope you enjoy what I managed to get done in a small window of time and I'll see you all in the next track, "Partners in Crime".

Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/phantoms-ghost/dark-reflections

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I like the bassy atmosphere at the beginning and the pensive synths that fade in shortly thereafter. The pause at :09 interrupted the flow a bit, but you smooth it over pretty well with that airy percussion. The drums at :19 sound a bit gritty and unpolished by contrast with the instrumental tracks, but I’m beginning to like the sense of climax at around :50. The balance at the drop at :59 is a bit strange, with the rhythmic percussion kept solidly in the background and a lot of dynamism in the texture between the synths and increasing prominence of the bass. Despite functioning like an emotional height in the texture, this first drop never really feels like a stable point of release, which I think might’ve been a bit of a mistake. That said, I like the re-intro at 1:23 and the moody vibe of the somewhat celtic-sounding instruments there. You do a great job with the phrasing and sense of ebb and flow throughout this section, which makes the climax into 2:21 feel all the more intense. The second drop has some of the same balance issues as the first one, though, with a very loud bass and jarringly quiet percussion, albeit solid melodic content. The sound overall still feels somewhat contained, but the arrangement of the piece is still effective for delivering a sense of conclusiveness to the piece. The outro seemed a bit short-lived, though, which I think was a missed opportunity to maximize the emotional appeal of the piece. Overall, this piece has solid production, instrumentation, and atmosphere, despite my concerns with some of the details of the composition. Keep at it, LordJabeebus! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1.75/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1.25/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.75/2
Instrumentation and sound design
1/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.25/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
.75/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.25/1
Composite score
8/10

LordJabeebus responds:

Thanks for the feedback ^^! I'm glad I did better than last time and I'll make note of how I make the elements interact with each other so it is possible to achieve easy listening and a better hook for the drops along with improvements to mastering.

Really nice. The drops are bit too full on the mid and low frequencies tho so it sounds a bit hard to hear clearly. But overall good job!

LordJabeebus responds:

Thanks for the feedback 7 :).

Love it <3

LordJabeebus responds:

Thanks ^^

Credits & Info


Listens
573
Faves:
1
Votes
10
Score
4.54 / 5.00

Uploaded
Jun 17, 2019
11:00 AM EDT
Genre
House
File Info
Song
7.6 MB
3 min 20 sec

Licensing Terms

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