"Ghosts of a Missionary post", Original, acoustic indie stuff

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"Ghosts of a Missionary post", Original, acoustic indie stuff

Post by mcdaggett » Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:52 am

Hi. Not really new to the forum, but I've just signed in. I'm either loud or quiet, but I'm always melodic and melancholic, it seems. This is a quiet one, entirely recorded on an R24:
https://soundcloud.com/cashewsoul/noseb ... onary-post
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Re: "Ghosts of a Missionary post", Original, acoustic indie stuff

Post by Jim_Fogle » Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:02 pm

Excellent post. I really enjoyed listening and left a remark. I also listened to some of the other songs you've posted as cashewsoul. Boy you weren't kidding when you said you're either mellow or full speed ahead.

While listening to your songs I noticed the distinct, mellow sound that I enjoy so much is kind of a signature sound for you. I'd love to know how many tracks you use for vocals.

You have good taste in applying effects. Nothing is overblown.

One complaint. I wish you enabled song downloads.
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Re: "Ghosts of a Missionary post", Original, acoustic indie stuff

Post by Lungfruit » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:09 pm

Welcome and thanks for posting. Nice lush, richly textured piece. It reminds of some 80s band but I'm not sure who. Guadacanal Diary maybe? I like the mix except I wish the vocals were just a tad higher. I liked it. Good work. Keep posting here!
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Re: "Ghosts of a Missionary post", Original, acoustic indie stuff

Post by dickl » Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:52 am

Very nicely done. Well written and a good sound but like Glenn I would have liked the vocals a little more to the front as they sound really good.

Welcome to the song posts forum btw ;) Not a lot happens here but there's normally someone around to listen and say hello (it might just take a few days).

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Re: "Ghosts of a Missionary post", Original, acoustic indie stuff

Post by voclizr » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:37 pm

For some reason this reminds me of Mark Knopfler and Dire Straights. Smooth and mellow.
Nice groove.
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Also, thanks for listening to "Over My Shoulder" :D
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Re: "Ghosts of a Missionary post", Original, acoustic indie stuff

Post by mcdaggett » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:06 am

Jim, Glenn, Dick, John - thanks for the kind words.
You're probably right that the vocals are unusually low in the mix, and deliberately so. Personally, I prefer them as an integral part of the overall instrumentation, not on top of that body of sound. I also like "discovering" lyrics that are somewhat buried. Bitch Magnet (loud and abrasive) and Seam (quiet and intricate) come to my mind, both bands share the same singer (an Asian-American guy named Sooyoung Park). I've been listening for decades and I still have no clue what that guy is singing sometimes, but every now and then I'm able to gather a piece. When writing a song I tend to use syllables to remember and guide me through the melody. Once I got it remembered, I'll re-write them to fit the subject matter. To be honest, I'm not too fond of my voice, which never was a problem until that "drought" hit and I began to question everything. I became so unsure that I contemplated getting a new name as an "artist". Didn't change a thing, so it's back to what it's been for a long time.

Cashew is the name is use for all things solo (cashewsoul apes crackersoul, the internet presence of the band Cracker), while not referring to the nut but to the earth president in the Captain Future anime series and comics. Accordingly, "Ghosts" should be a Cashew song, but I recorded it for that Nosebleeder-album I mentioned in the other part of the forum. Basically, I wrote a 12-song album of acoustic pop songs and then decided to start a band project and record them in a punky fashion, each one clocking in at under 2 minutes, which meant heavily re-working the arrangements. Sadly, the band project hit the wall when I was experiencing that drought. I wasn't really fun being around, I guess. It was the first time my own music made me feel... nothing.

Btw, here's one of the last songs I recorded with a DAW, where everything went through Guitar Rig and the vocals are higher in the mix (don't let the shitty video fool ya, it's a not a band effort, I used unauthorized footage from another band I was playing in at that time, hey hey):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxrQh9XKmQE

As for recording vocals, I tend to double track the main vocals and put them both in the center, while background vocals are mostly single tracks panned at around L30/R30, although with "Ghosts", the main vocal is a single track. strangely enough.

Edit: Jim, I'd love to make some downloads available, but I can't seem to remember how, although I did so in the past. And they'll probably be wave files.
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