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To my partner: I'm sorry I'm taking so long. My brother came in from Florida on Thursday, so much of my free time has been spent with him. I have finally managed to download your tape, and I will try to have a review up within the next few days. Thanks for being patient. :nice:

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OK, back from my holiday. I'm downloading my tape now so will be reviewing tomorrow.

 

As for the one I made:

 

 

 

Apologies for the format. A few years ago when I was involved in an exchange Crests made me a tape in that way and I think it stops you looking at how long each song is so you don't know what's coming next. I can understand why it was so daunting though, so sorry about that. Thanks for the patience and getting through it!

 

As for the direction I was just trying to make it summery, but didn't spend too long ordering as I didn't know how to pitch it so in the end I just went with what felt right.

 

OK, here's the tracklisting:

 

1. The Flaming Lips - Are You A Hypnotist??

2. CocoRosie - Brazilian Sun

3. The Black Angels - Bad Vibrations

4. Goldmund - Threnody

5. Atlas Sound - Requiem For All The Lonely Teenagers With Passed Out Moms

6. Milly Mildish - J-Star

7. Tame Impala - Half Full Glass Of Wine

8. The Dead Texan - When I See Scissors, I Cannot Help But Think Of You

9. The Kinks - This Strange Effect

10. Captain Beefheart - Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles

11. Labi Siffre - I Got The

12. Beck - Cellphones Dead

13. Scout Niblett - Nevada

14. Brian Eno - Third Uncle

15. Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love (Live)

16. Bobby Womack - Please Forgive My Heart

 

nice tape :surprised:

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My review:

 

 

As I said, liking the tracklisting. Bloody good touch. I have a few ideas who it could be but I'm by no means confident.

 

 

 

Track one: Nice piano piece. Very bright. Upbeat start. Sounds like Yann Tiersen maybe.

 

Track two: The intro vocals remind me a bit of Guy Garvey's song with Massive Attack for some reason. Especially the remix version on the Splitting The Atom EP. Goes well with the music. Quite poppy but the vocals drag it away from that, especially with the layers. Not what I'd normally listen to, so glad it was on here as it's not really a genre I'm particularly exposed to.

 

Track three: A remix of Satisfaction by Ben Benassi (I think that's what he was called). Not an awful lot happens through the song but it's good for background music. The most chilled version of the song I've heard.

 

Track four: Slow song (at the start, anyway). Was sceptical at the start that it might be too cheesey but turned out quite well. Some nice strings on there too. Don't recognise the voice. Piano very Coldplay'y. Enjoyed the shouting.

 

Track five: Short track, different to all that it's followed. Sounds DJ Shadow'y. Worked very well. Liked it.

 

Track six: Starts with New Order-esque drums. Then becomes a bit more indie as the guitars kick in. The vocals are very New Order in the verses, in fact. Bizarre Love Triangle in places. Decent enough song but not feeling the voice of the lead singer too much.

 

Track seven: Folky song. Another one that works well. Strong voice. She reminds me a tiny bit of one of the singers from Gomez.

 

Track eight: Haha, this sounds like music from a Call Of Duty or something like that. Or an action film. Was quite a departure from the last track. I can imagine people marching and a montage of things happening. Unusual choice for the mixtape but it made me smile.

 

Track ten: Back to a slow song. Enjoyed it.

 

Track eleven: Faster track. Not a fan of the voice on this one I'm afraid.

 

Track twelve: A short one. Uneventful but not in a bad way.

 

Track thirteen: Piano again. The first line made me laugh - a little cliched. I like it when the vocals become layered but the lead singer takes himself a little seriously. Trying a little hard to emotional. It's interesting with the high pitched parts though. Something a little different for this kind of song.

 

Track fourteen: Piano again haha. That's not a problem though. Reminds me a tiny bit of Blue Clouds by Daniel Johnston at the start. Gospel style backing vocals. Liking this mixtape so far as pretty much every song has something that's unexpected for the song.

 

Track fifteen: The percussion at the start reminds me of Bloom by Brian Eno, though the song itself is very different to that. A female vocalist I liked. Really liked the end of the song and would have liked to have heard them do something with that kind of chiming.

 

Track sixteen: Nice piano. Another one here I can't click with the voice. I'm not sure why but I'm very picky with female singers. I think being male I find it harder to relate with a female voice and therefore it either has to be something special. I'm not sure exactly what that things is though.

 

Track seventeen: Like it all but the vocals. Musically interesting. Like a poppier version of Animal Collective. Could be them I guess since I've not heard the new stuff and I think they might have gone poppier. Plenty of stuff going on.

 

Track eighteen: Pop song. Don't know who's singing though. More piano. Not my kind of thing but it's not bad. These kind of songs usually annoy me but this one definitely doesn't.

 

Track nineteen: Slow song. Vocally fine. Decent song overall.

 

Track twenty: Piano to close with. Nicely played. Once again it reminds me of something and I can't quite put my finger on it. Nice end.

 

 

 

 

Overall I enjoyed it. It was filled with music I wouldn't normally listen to and there was something in pretty much every song for me. Piano heavy but that was fine. Thanks, whoever it was that made it. I'm specifically interested in finding out who made the first track and the DJ Shadow'y song too.

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Hi, Greg. :blush: I made your tape. I probably gave myself away with my use of piano. (It was actually quite unintentional this time. Sorry about that, haha.)

 

I had originally planned on giving you a sort of electronic tape, but as I was attempting to put it together, I realized that a lot of it was sounding the same, and I didn't want to bore you to death. It took me a while to figure out what I was going to do instead, but I finally managed it. I've done a few themed mixtapes before, so I decided to go with another one. The tape was titled "The Scope of Human Emotion," as emotion was the theme I decided to use here. Each track refers to a different emotion.

 

I'll try my best to comment on the songs. For some reason, one of them is missing. D: I'm basically going by your description and guessing what each one is. (It shouldn't be TOO difficult, I don't think.) My comments will be in blue.

 

My review:

 

 

As I said, liking the tracklisting. Bloody good touch. I have a few ideas who it could be but I'm by no means confident.

 

Thank you! :blush: The quote fit perfectly with the theme I was going for, so I thought it would be cool to use it for the song titles.

 

To explain to the other people reading this, I used this quote for my song titles:

 

"There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music."-George Eliot

 

Track one: Nice piano piece. Very bright. Upbeat start. Sounds like Yann Tiersen maybe.

 

This is actually a composer named Isaac Shepard. I discovered his music in a computer game, of all places. His neo-classical piano pieces are used in the games "Music Catch" and "Music Catch 2." Piano is what he's best known for, although he has done some other stuff, too. It is a very bright song, which would make sense because the song is called "Elation." I think it's an adorable little song, and I thought it would make a great opener.

 

Track two: The intro vocals remind me a bit of Guy Garvey's song with Massive Attack for some reason. Especially the remix version on the Splitting The Atom EP. Goes well with the music. Quite poppy but the vocals drag it away from that, especially with the layers. Not what I'd normally listen to, so glad it was on here as it's not really a genre I'm particularly exposed to.

 

See, here's the issue. I know this is one of two songs, but I'm not positive which one it is because, like I said, one of the songs is missing from this review. This is EITHER "Homesick (feat. Ada)" by DJ Koze, whose album "Amygdala" is AWESOME, or "Optimist" by David Byrne & St. Vincent, whose album just happened to be my #1 record of last year.

 

Track three: A remix of Satisfaction by Ben Benassi (I think that's what he was called). Not an awful lot happens through the song but it's good for background music. The most chilled version of the song I've heard.

 

Oh, this isn't an original song? Wow, I feel stupid. Hahaha. Well, it seems you know the song title already, so I'll tell you that this is deadmau5 who's doing it. This song is from his first album.

 

Track four: Slow song (at the start, anyway). Was sceptical at the start that it might be too cheesey but turned out quite well. Some nice strings on there too. Don't recognise the voice. Piano very Coldplay'y. Enjoyed the shouting.

 

Yeah, I had worried that you might think it cheesy, but I love this song so much, and I thought it embodied the emotion of sorrow quite well. This is "Bird of Sorrow" by Glen Hansard, who is mostly known for his work with The Frames and The Swell Season. This song is from his debut solo album, which I really love.

 

Track five: Short track, different to all that it's followed. Sounds DJ Shadow'y. Worked very well. Liked it.

 

This is from Australian Nick Bertke, who is better known under the name Pogo. He's best known for his remixing of Disney songs, which are really awesome. This song is called "Hate from Love."

 

Track six: Starts with New Order-esque drums. Then becomes a bit more indie as the guitars kick in. The vocals are very New Order in the verses, in fact. Bizarre Love Triangle in places. Decent enough song but not feeling the voice of the lead singer too much.

 

I wouldn't know about the New Order thing, as I've only heard the one big song before. :shrug: This is Sparkadia, which was a band but is now a one-man affair. This song, "Jealousy," is from their debut album, "Postcards."

 

Track seven: Folky song. Another one that works well. Strong voice. She reminds me a tiny bit of one of the singers from Gomez.

 

YAY, I'm glad you like her. This is Neko Case, who is known for her work with Canadian band The New Pornographers. I've grown to really like her in recent times, and I'm really excited to hear her new album. (It drops early next month.) This song is called "Vengeance Is Sleeping."

 

Track eight: Haha, this sounds like music from a Call Of Duty or something like that. Or an action film. Was quite a departure from the last track. I can imagine people marching and a montage of things happening. Unusual choice for the mixtape but it made me smile.

 

Well, the song IS from an action film, so that would make sense. :lol: This track, "Fear Will Find You," is from the soundtrack to The Dark Knight Rises. I know it's really unusual to put something like that here (especially since it's completely different from everything else on the tape), but I thought the beginning section fit the sound of fear quite well. Also, I hadn't used a soundtrack piece before, and I was feeling adventurous. :tongue: I'm glad it made you smile, though. :nice:

 

Track ten: Back to a slow song. Enjoyed it.

 

Oh, good! This is Michael Kiwanuka, who won the BBC Sound of 2012 poll. I really like how he sounds vintage, yet fresh at the same time. This song is called "Worry Walks Beside Me."

 

Track eleven: Faster track. Not a fan of the voice on this one I'm afraid.

 

Awww, damn. :disappointed: This is Imogen Heap, who is more or less one of my favorite people of the world. If I could be anyone, it would probably be her. She's just SO cool to me. I understand she's not for everyone, though, so it's fine. This song is from her debut album, "iMegaphone," and is called "Angry Angel."

 

Track twelve: A short one. Uneventful but not in a bad way.

 

Yeah, I figured you might think it was a bit boring, but I've been listening to a lot of this band lately, so I put it in here, anyway. This is The Magnetic Fields, the main band headed by Stephin Merritt. (He has several other projects in addition to this one.) This song, "When You're Old and Lonely," is from one of their earlier albums.

 

Track thirteen: Piano again. The first line made me laugh - a little cliched. I like it when the vocals become layered but the lead singer takes himself a little seriously. Trying a little hard to emotional. It's interesting with the high pitched parts though. Something a little different for this kind of song.

 

This is Will Wiesenfeld, better known as Baths. I really like this guy's stuff; I've been listening to him a lot. (Eddie apparently has, too. Given our differing tastes, it's kinda cool that we agree on something.) This song, "Palatial Disappointment," is from his debut album, "Cerulean."

 

Track fourteen: Piano again haha. That's not a problem though. Reminds me a tiny bit of Blue Clouds by Daniel Johnston at the start. Gospel style backing vocals. Liking this mixtape so far as pretty much every song has something that's unexpected for the song.

 

I really didn't intend on putting that much piano in the tape. It kinda just happened. SORRY. :tongue: This is from English band Noah and the Whale. They're typically more folky sounding than this. This song is called "Old Joy," which I think is appropriate because the song makes me feel very warm and at peace in the way an old friend might.

 

Track fifteen: The percussion at the start reminds me of Bloom by Brian Eno, though the song itself is very different to that. A female vocalist I liked. Really liked the end of the song and would have liked to have heard them do something with that kind of chiming.

 

This is a girl who calls herself Glasser; her real name is Cameron Mesirow. She made her debut album entirely from Garage Band, which I think is pretty damn cool. This song is called "Glad." If you liked the chiming, you should listen to the rest of the album. It's got all sorts of stuff like that. "Mirrorage" has tubular bells. :awesome:

 

Track sixteen: Nice piano. Another one here I can't click with the voice. I'm not sure why but I'm very picky with female singers. I think being male I find it harder to relate with a female voice and therefore it either has to be something special. I'm not sure exactly what that things is though.

 

Well, I wish I would've been more aware of that, given that almost half of my tape has female vocals on it. :| :tongue: This is Markéta Irglová, a Czech woman who makes up the other half of The Swell Season with Glen Hansard. This song is from her solo record, and it's called "Wings of Desire."

 

Track seventeen: Like it all but the vocals. Musically interesting. Like a poppier version of Animal Collective. Could be them I guess since I've not heard the new stuff and I think they might have gone poppier. Plenty of stuff going on.

 

Animal Collective? Hahahaha. I wouldn't have ever made that comparison. Interesting. This is James Cooley, better known as Mesita. He's a guy from Colorado who makes all the music himself. He's really great at keeping people updated on his progress of songs and albums via use of SoundCloud. This song is called "Excited for the Future."

 

Track eighteen: Pop song. Don't know who's singing though. More piano. Not my kind of thing but it's not bad. These kind of songs usually annoy me but this one definitely doesn't.

 

I was afraid you would hate it; I'm glad you don't. This is "Hope" by Emeli Sandé. Her stuff is typically more poppy than this, so this is probably the most harmless thing you'll hear from her. :tongue: I actually really like her, though, and the lyrics to this song are just beautiful.

 

Track nineteen: Slow song. Vocally fine. Decent song overall.

 

This is the Swedish artist Lykke Li. (Random fact: We share a birthday. That's not really relevant to anything, but I felt like sharing.) Anyway, given some of your tastes, I figured this was something you might like. This song is called "Love Out of Lust."

 

Track twenty: Piano to close with. Nicely played. Once again it reminds me of something and I can't quite put my finger on it. Nice end.

 

This is Isaac Shepard again. I don't like putting an artist on a tape twice, but I thought the two pieces served well as opening and closing tracks, and they both fit the theme I was going for. This song is appropriately titled "A Fond Farewell."

 

Overall I enjoyed it. It was filled with music I wouldn't normally listen to and there was something in pretty much every song for me. Piano heavy but that was fine. Thanks, whoever it was that made it. I'm specifically interested in finding out who made the first track and the DJ Shadow'y song too.

 

Awww, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I was really worried when I first got you because I knew our tastes weren't exactly similar. I didn't expect it to go quite so well, so the fact that you're saying that really means something, and I appreciate it. Thanks for having the patience to listen to this whole thing; it's the largest tape I've ever made.

 

Just to wrap things up, here's the entire track listing for everyone to see.

 

The Scope of Human Emotion

1. "Elation"-Isaac Shepard (Awaken, 2010)

2. "Homesick (feat. Ada)"-DJ Koze (Amygdala, 2013)

3. "Optimist"-David Byrne & St. Vincent (Love This Giant, 2012)

4. "Satisfaction"-deadmau5 (Get Scraped, 2005)

5. "Bird of Sorrow"-Glen Hansard (Rhythm and Repose, 2012)

6. "Hate from Love"-Pogo (Broken Beats, 2008)

7. "Jealousy"-Sparkadia (Postcards, 2008)

8. "Vengeance Is Sleeping"-Neko Case (Middle Cyclone, 2009)

9. "Fear Will Find You"-Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Rises: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 2012)

10. "Worry Walks Beside Me"-Michael Kiwanuka (Home Again, 2012)

11. "Angry Angel"-Imogen Heap (iMegaphone, 1998)

12. "When You're Old and Lonely"-The Magnetic Fields (Get Lost, 1995)

13. "Palatial Disappointment"-Baths (Cerulean, 2010)

14. "Old Joy"-Noah and the Whale (Last Night on Earth, 2011)

15. "Glad"-Glasser (Ring, 2010)

16. "Wings of Desire"-Markéta Irglová (Anar, 2011)

17. "Excited for the Future"-Mesita (No Worries, 2009)

18. "Hope"-Emeli Sandé (Our Version of Events, 2012)

19. "Love Out of Lust"-Lykke Li (Wounded Rhymes, 2011)

20. "A Fond Farewell"-Isaac Shepard (Awaken, 2010)

 

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Alright. I'm going to post my review now. I was going to wait until the morning, but I got so caught up in making last-minute adjustments to what I wanted to say that I changed my mind and decided to do it before I go to bed.

 

My tape is titled “This Summer Ain’t So Bad.” It was interesting, as I imagined it to have more than 12 songs as I was downloading it due to the large file size. The majority of songs are at least 4 minutes long, and the total length of the tape is about an hour long. The album art is of a forest lit with some (Chinese?) lanterns.

 

I quickly realized as I was listening to this that the subtitles you gave each track are lyrics of the song that was actually playing. That’s so cheeky. :P The problem with this, however, is it can tempt people to cheat and use a search engine in order to find out what the songs are. I told myself not to do that, if only so I wouldn’t ruin the surprise for myself, but resistance was difficult.

 

1. “I Didn’t Cue for an Hour to Leave Straight Away…”

This starts with some chatting noises, which lead into synths. Then enter the electric drums with some “na na nas.” “East London’s not a bomb site. It is a treasure chest.” I can tell this is an English band from the accent of the vocalist. This seems to be reflective of one of my favorite types of music: British indie rock. “Shut up and move with me, move with me, or get out of my face.” It’s really a quite a fun song with great lyrics and an upbeat feel, which reflects the summery feel implied by your tape title. By the time I get to the last chorus of the song, I’m dancing and singing along. That’s always a good thing. “I never knew I was a techno fan.” This is an excellent choice for an opener.

 

(As a side note to my mixtape maker, based on your spelling of “queue” (which is the proper spelling of the word in question), I’ve come to the conclusion that you’re most certainly American.)

 

2. “So We’ll Dance to the Sound of the Sirens…”

I know this song! This is “Ares” by Bloc Party. It’s nice to know someone else at least somewhat appreciates “Intimacy.” (“Zephyrus,” my favorite Bloc Party song, is on that album.) The majority of people who listen to Bloc Party tend to think that album sucks compared to the others. I just think it’s a different sound. Anyway, it’s a nice follow up to the opening cut, so good job on that.

 

3. “Which Can Refresh Itself with Some Little Raindrops…”

Oh hello. It’s Iceland’s favorite post-rock band, Sigur Ros. This is their song “Hafsol.” It’s interesting to note that you went with the “Hvarf/Heim” version, as opposed to the one from “Von.” I imagine at least part of that had to do with the fact that the original “Von” version is almost 12 ½ minutes long, which is almost 3 minutes longer than this one. It’s an interesting shift to go from Bloc Party to Sigur Ros, but I’m quite fond of Sigur Ros, so obviously I’m not going to have a problem with this.

 

4. “Yet We’re Running Scared, Holding Knives…”

“Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip.” Or is it “trip?” I can’t tell. This song is guitar-driven and is much heavier than the previous track, which serves as a nice contrast. The vocalist reminds me vaguely of Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit; the tone is similar, and I detect a Scottish accent. I’m guessing it’s safe to say this is a Scottish band. It’s a different band, though; this voice has a bit of gravel to it, it’s not as loud, and the accent isn’t quite as thick. I was attracted to the lyrics of this song as well, particularly the line, “You left my heart like an abandoned car.” I really like the heavy guitar break after the second chorus, right before the vocals come back in. I like the song quite a bit, and I’d like to know more about this band.

 

5. “So Tell a Killing Joke for Me…”

This has an electronic opening, which sounds harmless enough. Then, the vocals show up. Oh my, these vocals…what are they? It’s like the vocalist from Alt-J decided to suck helium, sing quieter, and collaborate with an electronic-based band. While I have changed my mind about Alt-J since I first posted about them on this forum (I caught myself dancing to “Fitzpleasure” one day while I was in Hastings), my biggest pet peeve surrounding them hasn’t: I still can’t understand the lyrics without having them in front of me and reading them. This is how I feel about this vocalist, too. I can’t understand much of what this singer is singing, either. I THINK I heard a bit in the beginning about empty sockets, but I can’t trust myself on this. On top of all these other complaints I’ve made already about the vocalist, this one is SO whiny. I’m sorry, but I can’t get into this one. It’s not you; it’s me. I told you I was picky with vocals, and I suppose this is an example of when this comes into play. The music part was actually fine, and if someone else were singing, I’d probably appreciate the song more.

 

6. “But Everything You Say Is Fire.”

“Run, whirlwind, run further and further away into the sun.” This sounds like a synthpop band based on the synths and artificial handclaps, although it’s not quite along the lines of something like Hot Chip. The vocals are pretty harmless, but they don’t really seem to go anywhere. OK, the guy sounds more annoying when he tries to sing the higher pitches; he sounds a bit like he’s wailing them instead of singing. In the part where they’re singing “everything you say is fire,” I started to detect some electronic noises that sounded a bit like buzzing and got on my nerves. Is it weird of me to say that the backing vocals sound better to me than the main ones? The other thing is that I honestly don’t understand why the last 1 ½ minutes is even there. It’s an extended ending that serves no purpose to the song. They should’ve ended on that last big chord and called it a day. This doesn’t bother me in the way the previous track does, but it’s not a particularly good song, either.

 

7. “Lately I Know that We’ve Been Fightin’…”

The very beginning sounds a bit like chip tunes from video games. This segues into some funky rhythms that I find quite catchy. This is another English band, from the sound of the accents. I’m guessing they’re more rustic English because the dialect is a bit more unrefined than the ones I’ve heard on this tape. In the chorus, the chip tune comes back, as well as some vocoder effects that Daft Punk is well known for. “Let’s work it out!” :D This is a cute, catchy little song that makes me smile as I listen to it. After the previous two tracks, I find this quite refreshing. I want to guess that this is a newer band or, at the very least, a song from an album that was recorded back when this band was new. The recording seems a bit lo-fi to me.

 

8. “In the End, All You Can Hope For…”

I knew right from the opening notes that this was an Editors song. This particular one happens to be “Bones,” which is from “An End Has a Start.” Some people say Editors are inspired by Interpol. I find that curious, as I like Editors more than I ever liked Interpol. Actually, this song reminds me that I haven’t taken the time to listen to the new Editors record, and I should probably make some time to do that in the near future. This is another fine choice.

 

9. “That You’ll Be There When I Climb into Eternity…”

This has some strumming acoustic guitar and some electric guitar with some effect on it that makes the feel sound slightly…Hawaiian? I can’t think of a better word. For some reason, the intro made me think of Beach House. “I waited through the darkest field you’d imagine, your pretty face sketched on the barrel of my gun…” These vocals fit the style of the song quite well, I think. They’re a bit unrefined, but they’re not too gravelly and overbearing. There’s just enough texture in his voice to keep this listening experience interesting. “I’ve been racing the clock, and I’ve run out of steam. I am ready for my final symphony.” The lyrics to this song really speak to me, and I think the impact is enhanced by how this man is singing them. The more I listen to this, the more beautiful I think it is. The strings in the background fit so nicely, too. The last minute grows into a climax, then tones down into a nice, subtle ending that I think this song really needed. I’m really fond of this song, and I can’t wait to see who this is.

 

10. “Holding Out Your Heart…”

There’s some guitar with some weird keyboard instrument of some sort that make this chaotic intro before the beginning of the song gets into gear with strumming guitar and a basic beat on drums. The vocalist isn’t bad, but he’s sorta nasally, which is a bit of a turn-off for me. I quite like the vocal harmonies going on, though. The guitar solo is annoying, with all the “waaaaaaaa” sounds that are going on. That doesn’t really cover the fact that, for a guitar solo, it was pretty unimaginative and didn’t really enhance the song in any way. Towards the end, there’s a keyboard countermelody that I like. It’s a shame the guitar insists on making random, noisy entrances and annoying me even more. It’s not a terrible song. It’s not even a bad song. There are things that could’ve been done to make this a bit better. I think even with the changes, though, I would’ve still found it a bit boring because the song didn’t really seem to go much of anywhere for me.

 

11. “So I’ll Find My Counterpoint…”

It took me a bit longer to place this song, but I eventually realized this is “Counterpoint” by Delphic. It’s from their debut album, “Acolyte,” which I liked quite a bit. I used “Submission” for a tape I made back in MTE 9. (As a random side note, I owe Eddie an apology for that particular tape, as I’m pretty sure that’s the worst one I’ve ever made…) It’s great that you placed this song after the previous one; I feel like the energy that was sucked from me by listening to Track 10 has been returned to me via this song. Thank you.

 

12. “And Look for the Sign in the Sky.”

“Well, how do I get a hold of you?” “You just contact the mayor’s office. He has a special signal that shines in the sky. It’s in the shape of a giant cock.” …Wait, WHAT? Hahahaha. Cue drums, strumming guitar, and some la-la-laing. This is shortly followed with some vocals that sound like they’re in complete gibberish. I’m laughing so hard at this. WHAT IS THIS I DON’T EVEN :lol: Is this a punk band? That’s sort of the vibe I’m getting from this. Either way, this is easily the most entertaining closer I’ve heard, so you did great on that. Really, this song brings me so much joy.

 

Here’s my summary of this tape. I would’ve liked to have not had so many bands that I knew, but having them there showed me that you have at least somewhat similar taste to me, which I find reassuring. I might not have liked absolutely everything you put on here, but you certainly have put in some gems that have piqued my interest and make me want to know more about the bands you’ve shared with me. I enjoyed listening to it as a whole, so you should consider this tape a success. Thanks so much for making it for me! :hug: I can’t wait to hear what you have to say. :nice:

 

As a final note, I'd like to say that I think I have an idea of who you are. I'd make a guess, but I don't want to be unfair and spoil it, so I'll wait until you reveal yourself.

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OKAY

the tape is split into 4 parts, Leadership is Based on Inspiration, Not Domination, On Cooperation and Not Intimidation. that's pretty cool is this a quote or something? im not gonna google it that'll just ruin the fun

 

Leadership is Based On Inspiration

1. A nice instrumental piano piece. The actual keyboard sounds are real cheesy and 80s and it sounds kinda poorly recorded but I like the piece itself!

2. this is a tiny piece of Angels Of Harlem by U2...I used to love this song and it took me a good 5 minutes to figure out which song it was. haha.

3. Holiday - Vampire Weekend. happy music!!! this might sound weird but i haven't listened to any happy music in a few days so thank you

4. some song by Sting, can't remember the name exactly. I'm not exactly a fan (mostly because my mum is obssessed with him) but I really like his songwriting. Nice melodies.

5. some song by The White Stripes. not a fan sorry!

6. Rock song. Reminds me of Snow Patrol or something like that. I find this kind of thing really dull. Interested to hear who it is though.

7. I like this. Percussive beat with piano stabs and a nice female vocalist. Some great strings in the second verse too. A rapper comes in (or I guess more of an MC) "It aint black or white it's about the beat". I really love these kind of songs hahaha, positive vibes! my favourite so far.

8. Cool synth intro. I recognise the vocalist. Guitar sounds very Coldplay-ish. It has a good driving rhythm. The chorus kind of feels weak against the verses imo. Interested to hear who this is.

Then there's a really nice piano/strings outro which might be from the last song but I'm not sure.

 

oh okay no it's carrying on into the second part

Not Domination

1. very pretty piano and strings piece!!

2. I Will - Radiohead. The transition into this song was really nice, I'm starting to think my mixtape maker is a musician? the transitions are smooth and seem to be in the same key. This has never been my favourite Radiohead song but I love how close and personal it sounds. Kind of imitating in a way.

3. yeah this transition was too good! this is See You Soon - Coldplay. I hardly ever listen to earlier Coldplay anymore but this song is sooo beautiful.

4. Rock song with distorted guitar intro. Singer has a pretty thick accent. Reminds me of Arctic Monkeys and all of those bands. Not a fan, sorry.

5. U2 - City Of Blinding Lights. This was one of my favourite U2 songs when I was into them. I always preferred the live version from that Vertigo DVD though

6. Chris Martin singing, but I don't think I've ever heard this song before. Is it a recent demo or something? it's really nice

7. Amazing Grace on a solo trumpet ---- goes into next part

 

On Cooperation

1. Instrumental version of Amazing Grace. sounds like it's from a movie.

2. strange ambient intro, turns into a pretty standard rock song. This guy's voice is irritating me. Not my kind of thing!

3. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - Elton John. is the song that he did a weird version of with that boyband Blue? I loved that when I was little. Elton John was the first concert I went to actually.

4. Pop-rock song. sounds like it's from the 90s. I grew up with a lot of this kind of music but I'm not a fan. There's a really pretty breakdown part after one of the choruses that I really liked though.

5. is this Keane? okay yeah it is. I used to really love this song too. damn. we might as weeeellllllll

6. Upbeat song with what sounds like an older male vocalist. Is this Elbow, maybe? didn't like this one.

7. Really nice ambient piece with what sounds like a bowed guitar. really pretty.

 

Not Imidation

1. This sounds like R.E.M? I like some of their stuff but this is pretty boring for me

2. slow rock ballad. the guy's voice is pretty interesting but this is p much my least favourite type of music. the outro was quite nice though.

3. Rock song. Is this pop punk? it sounds like a not very good version of Paramore. that was probably pretty ignorant of me to say but that's how i feel

4. slow intro to a more powerful rock song. not a faaan

5. weird 90s sounding electronic/rock ballad. I think I forgot music like this exists.

6. ah back to more instrumental orchestral stuff. This one is really cool. I recognise the 'chorus' part. Interested to know who made all of these instrumental tracks.

 

and that's it!!

thank you v much partner for putting so much effort into this tape. Honestly I liked more of it than I thought I would on my first listen. The instrumental orchetral tracks were my favourite, as well as track 7 on the first part.

I have absolutely no idea who my partner is but it sounds like they tried to showcase some of their favourite music to me. I respect that! I didn't like a lot of it but I'm pretty picky so I wouldn't worry...haha. really interested to see the tracklist.

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Am I the one you had in mind? ;) I made your mix tape and I'm delighted that you enjoyed the majority of it! I'm also kicking myself for mis-spelling queue… Especially since I'm an editor for a news website… Anyway I'll go through the tape now :)

 

Alright. I'm going to post my review now. I was going to wait until the morning, but I got so caught up in making last-minute adjustments to what I wanted to say that I changed my mind and decided to do it before I go to bed.

 

Ah that's nice of you, shows dedication to the cause, fair play to ya :P

 

My tape is titled “This Summer Ain’t So Bad.” It was interesting, as I imagined it to have more than 12 songs as I was downloading it due to the large file size. The majority of songs are at least 4 minutes long, and the total length of the tape is about an hour long. The album art is of a forest lit with some (Chinese?) lanterns.

 

I tried to make the tape longer but once I put those 12 tracks together it seemed to be right and didn't need more. They are chinese lanterns, I just googled them and that was the pic I liked best so made it the cover, thought it looked good :D

 

I quickly realized as I was listening to this that the subtitles you gave each track are lyrics of the song that was actually playing. That’s so cheeky. :P The problem with this, however, is it can tempt people to cheat and use a search engine in order to find out what the songs are. I told myself not to do that, if only so I wouldn’t ruin the surprise for myself, but resistance was difficult.

 

Again, fair play, I never actually thought of that when I came up with the idea.

 

1. “I Didn’t Cue for an Hour to Leave Straight Away…”

This starts with some chatting noises, which lead into synths. Then enter the electric drums with some “na na nas.” “East London’s not a bomb site. It is a treasure chest.” I can tell this is an English band from the accent of the vocalist. This seems to be reflective of one of my favorite types of music: British indie rock. “Shut up and move with me, move with me, or get out of my face.” It’s really a quite a fun song with great lyrics and an upbeat feel, which reflects the summery feel implied by your tape title. By the time I get to the last chorus of the song, I’m dancing and singing along. That’s always a good thing. “I never knew I was a techno fan.” This is an excellent choice for an opener.

 

Techno Fan by The Wombats

This is one of my summer songs (and artists), they're a brilliant band from Liverpool and their songs are full of quirky and fun lyrics and brilliantly played music. Go and check them out! You won't be sorry

 

(As a side note to my mixtape maker, based on your spelling of “queue” (which is the proper spelling of the word in question), I’ve come to the conclusion that you’re most certainly American.)

 

Once again, absolutely kicking myself…

 

2. “So We’ll Dance to the Sound of the Sirens…”

I know this song! This is “Ares” by Bloc Party. It’s nice to know someone else at least somewhat appreciates “Intimacy.” (“Zephyrus,” my favorite Bloc Party song, is on that album.) The majority of people who listen to Bloc Party tend to think that album sucks compared to the others. I just think it’s a different sound. Anyway, it’s a nice follow up to the opening cut, so good job on that.

 

Ares by Bloc Party

I agree with you, it's a brilliant album and this track is my favourite Bloc Party song, so full of energy and the way it kicks off at the start is fantastic!

 

3. “Which Can Refresh Itself with Some Little Raindrops…”

Oh hello. It’s Iceland’s favorite post-rock band, Sigur Ros. This is their song “Hafsol.” It’s interesting to note that you went with the “Hvarf/Heim” version, as opposed to the one from “Von.” I imagine at least part of that had to do with the fact that the original “Von” version is almost 12 ½ minutes long, which is almost 3 minutes longer than this one. It’s an interesting shift to go from Bloc Party to Sigur Ros, but I’m quite fond of Sigur Ros, so obviously I’m not going to have a problem with this.

 

I love this song, I'm seeing them in November in Dublin and I really can't wait for it! The reason it's the Hvarf/Heim version is because I don't have the Von album. I will eventually though. I thought the shift of style worked because of the sudden end of Ares and a sort-of tense beginning in Hafsol

 

4. “Yet We’re Running Scared, Holding Knives…”

“Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip.” Or is it “trip?” I can’t tell. This song is guitar-driven and is much heavier than the previous track, which serves as a nice contrast. The vocalist reminds me vaguely of Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit; the tone is similar, and I detect a Scottish accent. I’m guessing it’s safe to say this is a Scottish band. It’s a different band, though; this voice has a bit of gravel to it, it’s not as loud, and the accent isn’t quite as thick. I was attracted to the lyrics of this song as well, particularly the line, “You left my heart like an abandoned car.” I really like the heavy guitar break after the second chorus, right before the vocals come back in. I like the song quite a bit, and I’d like to know more about this band.

 

Black Chandelier by Biffy Clyro

It is indeed "Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip." They are a Scottish band, which is pretty obvious with his accent. They're a great band, they've been around for quite awhile but only entered the mainstream attention really in 2010. This song is from the album Opposites, they're latest album. Check it out, it's fantastic!

 

5. “So Tell a Killing Joke for Me…”

This has an electronic opening, which sounds harmless enough. Then, the vocals show up. Oh my, these vocals…what are they? It’s like the vocalist from Alt-J decided to suck helium, sing quieter, and collaborate with an electronic-based band. While I have changed my mind about Alt-J since I first posted about them on this forum (I caught myself dancing to “Fitzpleasure” one day while I was in Hastings), my biggest pet peeve surrounding them hasn’t: I still can’t understand the lyrics without having them in front of me and reading them. This is how I feel about this vocalist, too. I can’t understand much of what this singer is singing, either. I THINK I heard a bit in the beginning about empty sockets, but I can’t trust myself on this. On top of all these other complaints I’ve made already about the vocalist, this one is SO whiny. I’m sorry, but I can’t get into this one. It’s not you; it’s me. I told you I was picky with vocals, and I suppose this is an example of when this comes into play. The music part was actually fine, and if someone else were singing, I’d probably appreciate the song more.

 

Killing Joke by Cove

I was given this Irish bands E.P. to review a few months ago and really liked it. He is hard to understand so I can get why that'd put people off.

 

6. “But Everything You Say Is Fire.”

“Run, whirlwind, run further and further away into the sun.” This sounds like a synthpop band based on the synths and artificial handclaps, although it’s not quite along the lines of something like Hot Chip. The vocals are pretty harmless, but they don’t really seem to go anywhere. OK, the guy sounds more annoying when he tries to sing the higher pitches; he sounds a bit like he’s wailing them instead of singing. In the part where they’re singing “everything you say is fire,” I started to detect some electronic noises that sounded a bit like buzzing and got on my nerves. Is it weird of me to say that the backing vocals sound better to me than the main ones? The other thing is that I honestly don’t understand why the last 1 ½ minutes is even there. It’s an extended ending that serves no purpose to the song. They should’ve ended on that last big chord and called it a day. This doesn’t bother me in the way the previous track does, but it’s not a particularly good song, either.

 

Girls Like You by The Naked And Famous

This is one of my favourite songs of recent years. It's one of their main singles from their debut album "Passive Me, Aggressive You". I love the song, the lyrics and the way the music is composed too. I think the outro is too long though, I think it's there though as a reliever for the tension that was built up in the song. Also the backing singer is the main singer of the band, the two of them sing together at times but she does sing most of the time. One of their songs you might know is "Punching In A Dream", it's definitely summery, you might like that one more than this song.

 

7. “Lately I Know that We’ve Been Fightin’…”

The very beginning sounds a bit like chip tunes from video games. This segues into some funky rhythms that I find quite catchy. This is another English band, from the sound of the accents. I’m guessing they’re more rustic English because the dialect is a bit more unrefined than the ones I’ve heard on this tape. In the chorus, the chip tune comes back, as well as some vocoder effects that Daft Punk is well known for. “Let’s work it out!” :D This is a cute, catchy little song that makes me smile as I listen to it. After the previous two tracks, I find this quite refreshing. I want to guess that this is a newer band or, at the very least, a song from an album that was recorded back when this band was new. The recording seems a bit lo-fi to me.

 

Work It Out by Esser

This is the theme song for a British show on Comedy Central called Threesome (it's not [entirely] what you think…). If I remember correctly, this song came out in 2009? The reason it's poor quality is that I got it off YouTube and tried to increase the audio quality.

 

8. “In the End, All You Can Hope For…”

I knew right from the opening notes that this was an Editors song. This particular one happens to be “Bones,” which is from “An End Has a Start.” Some people say Editors are inspired by Interpol. I find that curious, as I like Editors more than I ever liked Interpol. Actually, this song reminds me that I haven’t taken the time to listen to the new Editors record, and I should probably make some time to do that in the near future. This is another fine choice.

 

This is my favourite Editors song. Also has my favourite lyrics of all time too: "In the end, all you can hope for is the love you felt, to equal the pain you've gone through". Their new album is brilliant, you won't be disappointed! I saw them live in Poland last month and the new stuff is great live and just as good on the album, well worth the money!

 

9. “That You’ll Be There When I Climb into Eternity…”

This has some strumming acoustic guitar and some electric guitar with some effect on it that makes the feel sound slightly…Hawaiian? I can’t think of a better word. For some reason, the intro made me think of Beach House. “I waited through the darkest field you’d imagine, your pretty face sketched on the barrel of my gun…” These vocals fit the style of the song quite well, I think. They’re a bit unrefined, but they’re not too gravelly and overbearing. There’s just enough texture in his voice to keep this listening experience interesting. “I’ve been racing the clock, and I’ve run out of steam. I am ready for my final symphony.” The lyrics to this song really speak to me, and I think the impact is enhanced by how this man is singing them. The more I listen to this, the more beautiful I think it is. The strings in the background fit so nicely, too. The last minute grows into a climax, then tones down into a nice, subtle ending that I think this song really needed. I’m really fond of this song, and I can’t wait to see who this is.

 

Black Swan Song by Athlete

This song is beautiful, as are a lot of their songs, Wires being another prime example. The video is heartbreaking too. I had this song on repeat all night last night too, I only found this song a couple of months ago but it's just stunning, Athlete are a brilliant band who know how to write lyrics that really just touch you, wether it's when you're sad or bouncing around with joy (Hurricane would spring to mind). I highly recommend them!

 

10. “Holding Out Your Heart…”

There’s some guitar with some weird keyboard instrument of some sort that make this chaotic intro before the beginning of the song gets into gear with strumming guitar and a basic beat on drums. The vocalist isn’t bad, but he’s sorta nasally, which is a bit of a turn-off for me. I quite like the vocal harmonies going on, though. The guitar solo is annoying, with all the “waaaaaaaa” sounds that are going on. That doesn’t really cover the fact that, for a guitar solo, it was pretty unimaginative and didn’t really enhance the song in any way. Towards the end, there’s a keyboard countermelody that I like. It’s a shame the guitar insists on making random, noisy entrances and annoying me even more. It’s not a terrible song. It’s not even a bad song. There are things that could’ve been done to make this a bit better. I think even with the changes, though, I would’ve still found it a bit boring because the song didn’t really seem to go much of anywhere for me.

 

Coffee & TV by Blur

I'm surprised you didn't know this one, Blur are great and the fact they're back together makes it even better! I find this song summery in a nice way, like having a picnic in the park or something. Shame you didn't like it but oh well

 

11. “So I’ll Find My Counterpoint…”

It took me a bit longer to place this song, but I eventually realized this is “Counterpoint” by Delphic. It’s from their debut album, “Acolyte,” which I liked quite a bit. I used “Submission” for a tape I made back in MTE 9. (As a random side note, I owe Eddie an apology for that particular tape, as I’m pretty sure that’s the worst one I’ve ever made…) It’s great that you placed this song after the previous one; I feel like the energy that was sucked from me by listening to Track 10 has been returned to me via this song. Thank you.

 

This song is great, glad you got back on track, it's a brilliant song that builds up in a similar fashion to a Sigur Ros song, you know it's coming, you just don't know when. Great album too!

 

12. “And Look for the Sign in the Sky.”

“Well, how do I get a hold of you?” “You just contact the mayor’s office. He has a special signal that shines in the sky. It’s in the shape of a giant cock.” …Wait, WHAT? Hahahaha. Cue drums, strumming guitar, and some la-la-laing. This is shortly followed with some vocals that sound like they’re in complete gibberish. I’m laughing so hard at this. WHAT IS THIS I DON’T EVEN :lol: Is this a punk band? That’s sort of the vibe I’m getting from this. Either way, this is easily the most entertaining closer I’ve heard, so you did great on that. Really, this song brings me so much joy.

 

Banana Splits by The Dickies

This is taken from the Kick-Ass: Music From The Motion Picture album. It's a really fun song and the intro just makes all the more fun. I don't think the singers know what they're singing to be honest but who cares cos it sounds like they're having so much fun!

 

Here’s my summary of this tape. I would’ve liked to have not had so many bands that I knew, but having them there showed me that you have at least somewhat similar taste to me, which I find reassuring. I might not have liked absolutely everything you put on here, but you certainly have put in some gems that have piqued my interest and make me want to know more about the bands you’ve shared with me. I enjoyed listening to it as a whole, so you should consider this tape a success. Thanks so much for making it for me! :hug: I can’t wait to hear what you have to say. :nice:

 

Sorry about putting a lot of known bands in, I kind of went with the summer theme more than the introducing you to new music aspect of the exchange. I'm really glad you've enjoyed another one of my mix tapes. No problem, I'm just glad that it's been deemed a success! My work here is done. Haha :)

 

As a final note, I'd like to say that I think I have an idea of who you are. I'd make a guess, but I don't want to be unfair and spoil it, so I'll wait until you reveal yourself.

 

This Summer Ain't So Bad

Tracklist

1. Techno Fan by The Wombats

2. Ares by Bloc Party

3. Hafsól by Sigur Rós

4. Black Chandelier by Biffy Clyro

5. Killing Joke by Cove

6. Girls Like You by The Naked And Famous

7. Work It Out by Esser

8. Bones by Editors

9. Black Swan Song by Athlete

10.Coffee & TV by Blur

11.Counterpoint by Delphic

12.Banana Song by The Dickies

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Hi, Greg. :blush: I made your tape. I probably gave myself away with my use of piano. (It was actually quite unintentional this time. Sorry about that, haha.)

 

I had originally planned on giving you a sort of electronic tape, but as I was attempting to put it together, I realized that a lot of it was sounding the same, and I didn't want to bore you to death. It took me a while to figure out what I was going to do instead, but I finally managed it. I've done a few themed mixtapes before, so I decided to go with another one. The tape was titled "The Scope of Human Emotion," as emotion was the theme I decided to use here. Each track refers to a different emotion.

 

I'll try my best to comment on the songs. For some reason, one of them is missing. D: I'm basically going by your description and guessing what each one is. (It shouldn't be TOO difficult, I don't think.) My comments will be in blue.

 

 

 

Just to wrap things up, here's the entire track listing for everyone to see.

 

The Scope of Human Emotion

1. "Elation"-Isaac Shepard (Awaken, 2010)

2. "Homesick (feat. Ada)"-DJ Koze (Amygdala, 2013)

3. "Optimist"-David Byrne & St. Vincent (Love This Giant, 2012)

4. "Satisfaction"-deadmau5 (Get Scraped, 2005)

5. "Bird of Sorrow"-Glen Hansard (Rhythm and Repose, 2012)

6. "Hate from Love"-Pogo (Broken Beats, 2008)

7. "Jealousy"-Sparkadia (Postcards, 2008)

8. "Vengeance Is Sleeping"-Neko Case (Middle Cyclone, 2009)

9. "Fear Will Find You"-Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Rises: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, 2012)

10. "Worry Walks Beside Me"-Michael Kiwanuka (Home Again, 2012)

11. "Angry Angel"-Imogen Heap (iMegaphone, 1998)

12. "When You're Old and Lonely"-The Magnetic Fields (Get Lost, 1995)

13. "Palatial Disappointment"-Baths (Cerulean, 2010)

14. "Old Joy"-Noah and the Whale (Last Night on Earth, 2011)

15. "Glad"-Glasser (Ring, 2010)

16. "Wings of Desire"-Markéta Irglová (Anar, 2011)

17. "Excited for the Future"-Mesita (No Worries, 2009)

18. "Hope"-Emeli Sandé (Our Version of Events, 2012)

19. "Love Out of Lust"-Lykke Li (Wounded Rhymes, 2011)

20. "A Fond Farewell"-Isaac Shepard (Awaken, 2010)

 

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I'll have to give Isaac Shepherd a listen. Hopefully he'll be on Spotify, etc.

 

The version of satisfaction I have heard is very different. Apologies for the video but it's the actual one:

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5bYDhZBFLA]Benny Benassi - 'Satisfaction' (Official Video) - YouTube[/ame]

 

Surprised to see St Vincent + Byrne on there. I haven't listened to that album so will give it a try. Remember hearing a while back about it but had completely forgotten.

 

Also surprised I didn't dislike the Noah and the Whale one. I find their better known singles too catchy and a bit annoying but I guess I should delve into their lesser known stuff as there's obviously something there.

 

And don't worry about the piano, as I said. It was like a running theme so it was good to tie it all together. They were all well written songs, too, and the piano pieces especially were nice. Has inspired me to get back on my synth.

 

I also appreciate you putting on the female vocalists. I'm hard to please in that category, but that means it's a good job you put several on as you're more likely to find something I like that way.

 

Here's the New Order song that reminded me of the Sparkadia song. There's some similarities there for sure, in a good way:

 

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK4xVWVOAOc]Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order 1987 - YouTube[/ame]

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Am I the one you had in mind? ;) I made your mix tape and I'm delighted that you enjoyed the majority of it! I'm also kicking myself for mis-spelling queue… Especially since I'm an editor for a news website… Anyway I'll go through the tape now :)

 

This Summer Ain't So Bad

Tracklist

1. Techno Fan by The Wombats

2. Ares by Bloc Party

3. Hafsól by Sigur Rós

4. Black Chandelier by Biffy Clyro

5. Killing Joke by Cove

6. Girls Like You by The Naked And Famous

7. Work It Out by Esser

8. Bones by Editors

9. Black Swan Song by Athlete

10.Coffee & TV by Blur

11.Counterpoint by Delphic

12.Banana Song by The Dickies

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OH SNAP. Hi, Jack! I wasn't thinking of you at all, especially since the first tape you made me was different from this one. (It's interesting to note, though, that you put Bloc Party on both of them.)

 

I was surprised to find out that Blur was responsible for Track 10. Thinking of it, it's weird that I made all those comments about the vocals when Damon Albarn is the frontman of both Blur and Gorillaz. I listen to Gorillaz and I quite like them, but for some reason, I feel like Blur doesn't have the same effect on me. I'm not really sure why that is. :shrug:

 

The other thing that I was surprised about is The Naked and Famous. I have heard a couple of their songs before and really disliked them; this one wasn't quite so bad, although I still wasn't a huge fan of it.

 

I will definitely look into some of this. If I had to give a favorite, it would definitely be Athlete, but I'm interested in more of The Wombats and Biffy Clyro, too. (Speaking of which, I've always wondered about this: How exactly do you pronounce Biffy Clyro?)

 

Thanks again, Jack, for a fine tape! I imagine I'll go back to it again as the remainder of this summer goes by. :hug:

 

I'll have to give Isaac Shepherd a listen. Hopefully he'll be on Spotify, etc.

 

The version of satisfaction I have heard is very different. Apologies for the video but it's the actual one:

 

 

Surprised to see St Vincent + Byrne on there. I haven't listened to that album so will give it a try. Remember hearing a while back about it but had completely forgotten.

 

Also surprised I didn't dislike the Noah and the Whale one. I find their better known singles too catchy and a bit annoying but I guess I should delve into their lesser known stuff as there's obviously something there.

 

And don't worry about the piano, as I said. It was like a running theme so it was good to tie it all together. They were all well written songs, too, and the piano pieces especially were nice. Has inspired me to get back on my synth.

 

I also appreciate you putting on the female vocalists. I'm hard to please in that category, but that means it's a good job you put several on as you're more likely to find something I like that way.

 

Here's the New Order song that reminded me of the Sparkadia song. There's some similarities there for sure, in a good way:

 

 

If you can't find Isaac Shepard's stuff on Spotify, you can always go to his website. He has a music player that plays his stuff. He also has a lot of his music in sheet music form for free download so you can play it yourself, which is pretty cool.

 

Similarly, if you wanted to look into more Pogo (which I believe is the track you compared to DJ Shadow and said you liked), you can go to his website, where a lot of the Disney remixes I told you about are available for free download.

 

Really, I'm just glad you got something out of it. I took a lot of time with this; I felt like I had to in order to figure out what I was going to do with it. I enjoy reading your posts in the WoM about music and such (even if I don't necessarily agree with what you're saying), and I wanted to make a tape that I felt you'd take seriously. I appreciate that you didn't mind the use of piano; it's an instrument I'm very partial to, and I guess I feel that way to the point that I subconsciously put piano stuff on there when that's not even my main intent.

 

Thanks, Greg, for the kind words about the tape. I really appreciate it. :nice:

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OKAY

the tape is split into 4 parts, Leadership is Based on Inspiration, Not Domination, On Cooperation and Not Intimidation. that's pretty cool is this a quote or something? im not gonna google it that'll just ruin the fun

 

Leadership is Based On Inspiration

1. A nice instrumental piano piece. The actual keyboard sounds are real cheesy and 80s and it sounds kinda poorly recorded but I like the piece itself!

2. this is a tiny piece of Angels Of Harlem by U2...I used to love this song and it took me a good 5 minutes to figure out which song it was. haha.

3. Holiday - Vampire Weekend. happy music!!! this might sound weird but i haven't listened to any happy music in a few days so thank you

4. some song by Sting, can't remember the name exactly. I'm not exactly a fan (mostly because my mum is obssessed with him) but I really like his songwriting. Nice melodies.

5. some song by The White Stripes. not a fan sorry!

6. Rock song. Reminds me of Snow Patrol or something like that. I find this kind of thing really dull. Interested to hear who it is though.

7. I like this. Percussive beat with piano stabs and a nice female vocalist. Some great strings in the second verse too. A rapper comes in (or I guess more of an MC) "It aint black or white it's about the beat". I really love these kind of songs hahaha, positive vibes! my favourite so far.

8. Cool synth intro. I recognise the vocalist. Guitar sounds very Coldplay-ish. It has a good driving rhythm. The chorus kind of feels weak against the verses imo. Interested to hear who this is.

Then there's a really nice piano/strings outro which might be from the last song but I'm not sure.

 

oh okay no it's carrying on into the second part

Not Domination

1. very pretty piano and strings piece!!

2. I Will - Radiohead. The transition into this song was really nice, I'm starting to think my mixtape maker is a musician? the transitions are smooth and seem to be in the same key. This has never been my favourite Radiohead song but I love how close and personal it sounds. Kind of imitating in a way.

3. yeah this transition was too good! this is See You Soon - Coldplay. I hardly ever listen to earlier Coldplay anymore but this song is sooo beautiful.

4. Rock song with distorted guitar intro. Singer has a pretty thick accent. Reminds me of Arctic Monkeys and all of those bands. Not a fan, sorry.

5. U2 - City Of Blinding Lights. This was one of my favourite U2 songs when I was into them. I always preferred the live version from that Vertigo DVD though

6. Chris Martin singing, but I don't think I've ever heard this song before. Is it a recent demo or something? it's really nice

7. Amazing Grace on a solo trumpet ---- goes into next part

 

On Cooperation

1. Instrumental version of Amazing Grace. sounds like it's from a movie.

2. strange ambient intro, turns into a pretty standard rock song. This guy's voice is irritating me. Not my kind of thing!

3. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - Elton John. is the song that he did a weird version of with that boyband Blue? I loved that when I was little. Elton John was the first concert I went to actually.

4. Pop-rock song. sounds like it's from the 90s. I grew up with a lot of this kind of music but I'm not a fan. There's a really pretty breakdown part after one of the choruses that I really liked though.

5. is this Keane? okay yeah it is. I used to really love this song too. damn. we might as weeeellllllll

6. Upbeat song with what sounds like an older male vocalist. Is this Elbow, maybe? didn't like this one.

7. Really nice ambient piece with what sounds like a bowed guitar. really pretty.

 

Not Imidation

1. This sounds like R.E.M? I like some of their stuff but this is pretty boring for me

2. slow rock ballad. the guy's voice is pretty interesting but this is p much my least favourite type of music. the outro was quite nice though.

3. Rock song. Is this pop punk? it sounds like a not very good version of Paramore. that was probably pretty ignorant of me to say but that's how i feel

4. slow intro to a more powerful rock song. not a faaan

5. weird 90s sounding electronic/rock ballad. I think I forgot music like this exists.

6. ah back to more instrumental orchestral stuff. This one is really cool. I recognise the 'chorus' part. Interested to know who made all of these instrumental tracks.

 

and that's it!!

thank you v much partner for putting so much effort into this tape. Honestly I liked more of it than I thought I would on my first listen. The instrumental orchetral tracks were my favourite, as well as track 7 on the first part.

I have absolutely no idea who my partner is but it sounds like they tried to showcase some of their favourite music to me. I respect that! I didn't like a lot of it but I'm pretty picky so I wouldn't worry...haha. really interested to see the tracklist.

 

It was me whom did the tape, I tried to spilt it up as a 'proper' mixtape of sides 23 minutes long (classic C46 tape), and based it along a journey of going on holiday, finding love, moving there to have a good time before the other half cheats and you leave, having regrets about it.

 

1 1 Only Yesterday Theme Only Yesterday OST

1 2 Angel of Harlem (Intro) U2

1 3 Holiday Vampire Weekend

1 4 Englishman In New York Sting

1 5 Fell In Love With A Girl The White Stripes

1 6 Kiri Monoral

1 7 I Love To Move In Here Moby

1 8 Just Say Yes Snow Patrol

1 9 My Heart Angel Beats

 

2 1 I Will Radiohead

2 2 See You Soon Coldplay

2 3 Moving To New York The Wombats

2 4 City Of Blinding Lights U2

2 5 Your Love Means Everything Part 2 Faultline

2 6 Amazing Grace Sora no Woto OST

 

3 1 Love Cheat Robbie Williams

3 2 Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word Elton John

3 3 Duvet Boa

3 4 We Might As Well be Strangers Keane

3 5 An End Has A Start Editors

3 6 Goodbye Kevin Shields

 

4 1 Leaving New York R.E.M. (Still brings back memories of flying out of JFK last October, seeing the lit-up city slowly getting smaller, hours before Sandy hit)

4 2 Yesterday Threw Everything At Me Athlete

4 3 Vacancy Kylee

4 4 This New Day Embrace

4 5 I Won't Forget Her a-ha

4 6 The Legend of Ashitaka Princess Mononoke OST

4 7 Saying Goodbye Swans

 

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Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation, quote from William Arthur Ward, taken from a "random quotes" page (similar to the artwork & artist name)

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When I unzipped the folder containing my mixtape, the first thing I noticed was an intersting and fun artwork, which features a man who's enlightened by a light of a screen??? No idea what it should represent. The second thing I noticed was the name of the mixtape: Mark II. Mark II??? Okay... So I put the 11 songs of this mixtape in the iTunes playlist, which made me notice one more thing - the artist of the mixtape was 86Timewarp. Oh why, why, whyyy would you do that. :lol: Don't worry, I don't hate you, I just don't like knowing who's my partner before posting my review. That didn't keep me from listening and reviewing the tape though, so here it is:

 

1. The mixtape starts with a nice piano melody and some radio-news-reporter-like voice in the background. The whole song builds around this. I don't think I'll oftern return to it, but it's an interesting opener, I can say.

 

2. Bass line which Vanilla Ice stole for his (wannabe) hit Ice Ice Baby. Then the legendary vocal duo of Bowie and Mercury. Everybody knows this song, it's Under Pressure by Queen ft. David Bowie. I was never really a big fan of Queen (I do respect them though), but I like this song. Maybe because of Bowie, maybe because of the always-catchy last chorus, which guarantees that this song will be stuck in my head today.

 

3. Acoustic guitar intro and I already know what to expect - one of my favourite voices chanting about his fear of God and doubts about religion. This is Win Butler's septet and also one of my favourite bands. I haven't listened to the album Neon Bible in a long time, so thank you for reminding me of this song. I can't wait for their new album which comes in October, just in time for my birthday. I'm pretty sure that it will be a great birthday present :wacky:

 

4. Simple organ intro and one of the most beautiful female voices singing "Regrets collect like old friends, here to relive your darkest moments..." I always admired Florence Welch's mighty voice and her powerful, orchestrated (if I can put it like that) band. "Shake it out, shake it out... And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back, so shake him off..." This songs brings a lot of memories and nostalgia. Thank you for putting it here :)

 

5. Last two weeks I spent in a summer school in London. I met one guy there who's obsessed with this song. Despite hearing it on radio all the time, I never really paid attention to it before. So I could say that this guy introduced me to Imagine Dragons and their radio hit It's Time. It's not really my cup of tea, but hearing this song now brings me back to London and reminds me of awesome people I met there. So once again, thanks for putting this here.

 

6. The beautiful female voice I wrote about earlier returns here. This is probably the first song by Florence + The Machine that I heard, but it's definetely the song that got me into them. Dog days are over, she sings... I'm a bit more pessimistic, so I'd say that dog days are going to start soon, in less than one month to be more precise. *sigh*

 

7. This one is much more folkish than the previous songs. It's also the first song after the opener which I haven't heard before. I really like the singer's voice. It actually sounds quite familiar to me, something like Sufjan Stevens... I really like this one, what is it? :wacko:

 

8. This is a short classical music piece. It actually fits really nice in this spot of the mixtape. Nice interlude :wacky:

 

9. For the first few seconds I thought that this was going to be a techno song, which would totally destroy the feel of the tape, especially after the previous song, which was a piece of classical music... But then I noticed Jonsi's voice. :sweatdrop: I love this song, it's fun and cute and lovely, you just can't not enjoy it. :wacky:

 

10. Eb, F#, B, C# and so on... One of the simplest and easiest songs to play on piano. And one of the most beautiful ones too. And no wonder why, it's been (at least partly) written by the same person who wrote the previous song. Jonsi and his bandmates from Sigur Ros have this ability to turn everything they touch into gold. And this song is no exception.

 

11. How else to follow two Jonsi/Sigur Ros songs than with a classical music piece? The nostalgic atmosphere of this mixtape is concluded with this violin-family composition. Simple, but powerful and satisfying.

 

Overall, even though I already knew the majority of these songs, I liked having them on this tape. I join mixtape exchanges mainly to hear new music and discover new artists, and I discovered only one new artist which I really liked this time. But I can see that there was some thought put into it, because the songs flow and segue really nicely together. This wasn't just a folder full of random songs. This was a nice trip to a part of my brain where memories and nostalgia live. And I respect that. So thank you very much for it! :wacky:

 

I knew I did something wrong hahaha. Well glad you enjoyed it! The classical songs you heard was instramental music, so it wouldn't necessarily be classified as classical. But here's the track listing:

 

1. Tiny Crescent Sun - Little Death Orchestra

2. Under Pressure - Queen

3. Antichrist Television Blues - Arcade Fire

4. Shake it Out - Florence + The Machine

5. It's Time - Imagine Dragons

6. Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine

7. Open Season - High Highs

8. The Mission - Ennio Morricone

9. Go Do - Jonsi

10. Hoppipolla - Sigur Ros

11. October Sky - March Isham

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Ok, it's time to review my tape. The title is "As vacant and thorny as summer could be... " and it's accompained by a nice artwork showing some pink flowers with a mist-like photographic filter. There's also this curious "readme" file:

 

this mixtape is supposed to be listened as an album - please listen to it as a whole. don't be distracted. tumblr isn't good for your health. also if you're too high then you might not want to listen to it. thank

 

Well, glad that I don't have a Tumblr nor I drink/smoke :P

 

Anyway, let's "analise" the tape track-by-track:

 

1. You couldn't have started in a better way. This quite short instrumental track is based on a wah-wah synth, some electronic bell arpeggios and slowed down voice samples.

If I had to label it with a music genre, I'd say this is trip-hop (the percussions actually kind of remind me of Massive Attack, don't know why) but since arguements about music genres is usually confusing (and somewhat pointless), let's just say this is a really cool instrumental.

 

2. Electronic percussion again and what seems to be a..... marimba? A female voice sings something like "I'm in love with your brother..." and then is joined by what seems like a falsetto choir. Not really my cup of tea, but I still really enjoyed it.

 

3. Ok, this is the first WTF moment of the mixtape (and there are some). Some oooing vocals introduce the song, then a hip-hopish beat kicks in and a guy singing in falsetto "Don't fuck with me, don't fuck with me". I actually lol'd when I first heard it. There's also a lo-fi synth that makes the song even more curious. It's superweird, I love it.

 

4. A complete departure from the previous songs' style. This one feels more like a normal indie rock song based on acoustic and electric guitar. The "sustained" vocals kind of remind me of MGMT (just with a lower register).

 

5. Sarts with background noises and a quiet keyboard melody, then a downtempo beat, but the centerpiece of the song are powerful (that's the first word I can think of) female vocals. I really liked the song in the beginning,but becames a bit repetitive after a while. Not really sure, since I'm not familiar with her work, but I think this is Bjork.

 

6. Another indie rock number, this time with a happier feel than before. The line "She fell in love with the drummer" is reapeated a plenty of time, and during choruses a "flying" synth adds even more colour, making it a very cheerful song.

 

7. Very short track based on what seems an old Moog synth and vocals singing "Looking around to...". Quite intriguing.

 

8. A little creepy instrumental break. The track is a cool piece os noise music, based on what seems a distorted guitar. Totally dig this.

 

9. Woah, so much energy in this one! The shoegaze-like guitar and very faded vocals give it a "floating at high speed" vibe and the synth melody is just awesome.

 

10. "Take my hand and pray with me, my final days are coming... " someone in falsetto sings over gentle guitar arpeggios and drums that almost sound like rippling water. Towards the end the song reaches a climax but without sounding bombastic or something. Sad but lovely song.

 

11. Bubbling synths and female vocals with lots of effects are the centerpiece of this song. I don't really understand what she's singing, but the song gives me a sense of fear and it's somehow relaxing at the same time. I really love it.

 

12. The beginning made me think this is just a normal hip-hop song. Well, I was totally wrong. The rapping vocals last only for a few seconds, then an ambient layer "engulfs" the song and weird sounds and voice samples follow. The rapping vocals seem to start again but then they're interrupted again by a huge synth break. One of my favourites so far.

 

13. A fast-paced guitar based song now. I really like the wall of sound it creates and the changes of tempo during the song. It has a progressive nature, me likes.

 

14. Acoustic guitar again, but this time with a way more mellow mood. What sounds like a Hammond organ and some electric guitar breaks give it a quite nostalgic feel that almost make it seem like a song from the '70s.

 

15. A soothing piano melody that reminds me of Becalmed by Brian Eno is joined by male vocals again with a lot of sustain. The drums and synths give it a very dreamy feel, making this song one of my favourites of the mixtape. At this point, the you may think the mixtape is ending but, after 3 minutes of silence...

 

BONUS TRACK ...BAM! I can't help thinking that this song was placed here with the only purpouse of trolling me, sorry :P. Some K-Pop stuff hits you without any warning. The "smooky girl, smooky girl" chorus is really catchy, I have to admit it. Indeed an oringinal way to end a mixtape.

 

Overall, I really loved it. You managed to blend toghether very different music genres without making it sound like a "shuffle playlist". Thank you! :nice:

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