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Clutch Time

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Umm, so this was a bit of a weird one. Recently got a whole bunch of guitar VST's on sale and wanted to use them for a track. Originally I planned on making a typical "British Punk" song, but went completely off the rail at some point.

Sorry about the crackle and popples in the vocals during the mid part. Had some rendering issues because my pc couldn't handle the project and I wasn't smart enough or had the time to record the vocals post render. Time ran away from me a bit on this one and the vocals during the mid-section suffered the most from it.

The song is about a guy who gets a second chance to get with the girl of his dreams, an opportunity he previously lost because he was too hesitant when it mattered. Thus he decides that this time he will show up clutch when it matters for once in his life.

Clutch time
Clutch time
Back then you were almost mine
Today I'll give us a try again
Clutch time
Clutch time

No sleeping tonight
Closing my eyes
Up in the clouds
While I stare in your eyes
All things are right
Now we wait for the light
Shouting out loud
This is our time to shine

More than the stars
We can only go higher
Above the clouds
When I'm with you I'm proud
Open your eyes
All you see is a lie
Don't ask me why
This is our time to shine

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I like the cutesy pads at the beginning. The vocals sound a little over-processed, which detracts a bit from the sugary pop vibe of the harmonies and arrangement. Some of the vocal lines could use some re-recording too. The word “mine” doesn’t really come through very well at :28, for example. The lyrics themselves are a bit cheesy, but I like the post-chorus at :39 and the stop-start transition at :59. I would’ve liked the drums to be a bit sharper in the mix, but otherwise the balance is pretty good. I like the syncopations during the middle section, but sometimes you try to squeeze a couple too many syllables into the rhythmic framework there, like with “while I stare” at 1:08. Perhaps part of it is the way you articulate the vocals in that particular recording. I’m enjoying the second post-chorus as well and, despite the somewhat cliche elements of the arrangement, the piece comes together well towards the end. Parts of the piece could use some cleaning up, especially the mixing and vocal editing, but otherwise I like the blissful, forward-looking mood and the cutesy sound design and melodies here. Keep at it, Ectisity! ^^

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*in heavy weapons guy impression* Is nice.

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3.77 / 5.00

Sep 29, 2019
11:21 PM EDT
File Info
6.5 MB
2 min 51 sec

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