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This was a lot of fun. I love covering other artists' stuff - especially if it inspires me, which the original 'hyperboreal' by the hamlet machines http://www.macjams.com/song/40530 definitely does.

When I first heard hyperboreal it blew me away - literally. I believe I left a comment deeming it 'absolute sonic rape', because that's what it sounded like to me. When the challenge idea was proposed I knew pretty much right away that was the song I wanted to cover. It came together pretty quick, but mixing was a little difficult because of the contrast from the more ambient first half to the heavy wall-of-sound second half. After around 10 mixes I think I pulled it off (with mix help from 12p - thanks!), though I'm sure there's room for improvement production wise.

I went in a slightly different direction for my version, but tried to retain the attitude and brashness of the original. I also reversed the original hyperboreal in audacity and used it at the beginning and ending of mine.

Please give cjdaly and the hamlet machines some love. They've been around for a while now and imo are one of the most underrated, unappreciated bands here.

http://www.macjams.com/artist/cjdaley

Strap in, strap on and get ready to be sonically assaulted once again... here is hyperboreal by the hamlet machines by Satellite Tragedy.
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Lyrics
She blinks and she thinks she knows what’s in my mind
There she goes up my nose and she is gonna find
A lonely frozen sea that’s gonna make her blind
But if by chance she can dance this is a paradise

Hyperboreal
Hyperboreal
Hyperboreal
Hyperboreal

Cockagne land blubberland made of ice fields and floe
Ruined cities, memories moving like drifting snow
I wouldn’t be surprised if you’d died from the cold
But your body, baby, it will never grow old

Hyperboreal
Hyperboreal
Hyperboreal
Hyperboreal

For the kind of the stuff
that my dreams are made of
It’s never dark enough
let’s turn the heavens off
Northern lights
polar star
However bright
they are
they are light
pollution
imperfection
of night

Hyperboreal
Hyperboreal
Hyperboreal
Hyperboreal
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Hits: 3627
Comments: 47
Fans: 26
Plays: 117
Downloads: 153
Votes: 5
Uploaded: Sep 01, 2008 - 05:50:14 PM
Last Updated: Sep 02, 2008 - 03:05:17 PM Last Played: Apr 02, 2017 - 10:43:01 PM
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Comments
Feter said 3218 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
hperboreal (the hamlet
Man ..this is deep ..your singing so has alot of depth
here ..the spheric sound your created behind all was
a real groove to give the song a cool dimension...
the vocal work seems to be one of your best ...the
burst yu made with the guitar just perfect to the
song ..YOU ROCK ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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rsorensen said 3218 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
challenge
thank-you feter. this sure was a great idea for a challenge. what better way to pay tribute to other macjammers we respect? I have a feeling this will be the first of many cover challenges. Thanks for the kind words. Good to have you back.
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guygrooves said 3218 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Holy crap!!!
This is totally freakin Awesome!! I have to check The Hamlet Machines out now. Thanks for sharing this Ridd, you did a stellar job on it. Scott has a decent set of ears on him doesn't he? ;o) Great choice man.
Peace
Guy
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rsorensen said 3218 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
the hamlet machines
thanks guy. yah def check out the original. and yes, scott does! thanks for the comments :)
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egobandit said 3218 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Great choice
I agree Cjdaly is one of the less appreciated artists here. YOu have done some outstanding justice to this song. What a punch in the face this is love the fuzz Excellent!
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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)
punch
thanks, ego. when i first heard the original hyperboreal it was like a punch in the face, so I'm glad this was able to do the same to you. thanks!
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Relic67 said 3218 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
way kool
the loud guitar break was killer.
the menacing vibe was sustained throughout very effectively.
also seemed exactly the right length, which I think can be difficult for a tune like this one.
another nice one.


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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)
length
thanks relic. yeah the guitar wanker in me wanted to stretch the 'freak out' end section a few more minutes, but I didn't think I could hold the listeners attention that long. thanks for checking this out
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five_extra_arms said 3218 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
Intensity In Tense Cities
Ridd,

As the Fan Club President of the Hamlet Machines, I have to take my cap off to you and this dynamic version of one of their finest songs. You've captured the intensity of the original and drove it through a Marshall stack into our unsuspecting faces. It's like a swarm of hornets swirling around my head. It's loud and frightening. I was waiting for your French accent to poke through, but I guess you live in the other part of Canada where they don't speak French. ;)

You've done an amazing job mastering all that fuzz and noisy distortion with your soft vocals, strumming guitars and synths. I love the high pitched backup vox that work so well with your voice. You managed to keep such a tight grip on my throat without asphyxiating me, but leaving me breathless, just like I was when I heard the original Hamlet Machines song for the very first time.

You've paid a great tribute to a great artist.

I'm sending you a Hamlet Machines t-shirt!

Bob
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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

thanks bob - means a lot coming from a hamlet machines superfan like yourself ;) This was a ton of fun. You mention the accent.. one of the things that makes hm songs so appealing to me is cj's vocal delivery, but man is it ever hard to phrase the lyrics the way he does without sounding like I'm from another planet. He pulls it off effortlessly but it was tricky for me to say words differently than I normally would to fit the music (i.e. lonLEY frozen sea), but it made me think outside the box and I got something valuable out of it I can try in my own songs.

Anyway I'm stoked you like this and I'm looking forward to proudly wearing my tee. THanks!

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Vic Holman said 3218 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
dang!
uh, umm, jeezuz. this just goes way beyond description.

totally intense throughout and when it builds into a crescendo... well I think you ripped the sky wide open.

okay, I'm gaining my senses. this is excellent beyond us mere mortals.
you really went for the jugular and outdid yourself on this Ridd.
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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

wow thanks vic. ripping the sky open sounds good to me. really glad you like this. your cover is stellar.
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12parsecs said 3217 days ago (September 1st, 2008)
radness
and sonic gladness. you already know i love this. nice work, mon frere!
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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

thanks for the mix tips. i went with the unfiltered drums as you can hear. i think peoples eardrums might have fell out of their head if I posted the other one ;)
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Nick_Flash said 3217 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
wow
This sounds huge Ridd. I love songs like this that just build up into such an explosion of sound. You got some great sounds out of the Firebird for this one. Cool as hell.

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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

man i love that guitar. it never lets me down. thanks for listening nick. i'm loving your racerat cover.
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cjdaley said 3217 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
snowshoegaze
beautiful satellite view of hyperboreal lands. The new contrast and dynamics made me shiver, though not from cold. (Strange, by the way, how the reversed song is reminiscent of Bauhaus's Hollow Hills).I'm proud and glad you planted your flag on this and thanks a million for the kind words.
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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

big thanks to you for making that amazing song and giving me the ok to cover it. it was a pleasure to do it and i'm stoked you like it. I got the idea to reverse your original when I couldn't properly pull off emulating that sound you made in the intro of ice cold waves crashing against an iceberg. So, I cheated and reused what you did, but cleverly reversed it so it wasn't so obvious haha. Anyway, thanks again. It was a lot of fun.
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dajama said 3217 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
Outstanding
First off, a great song, and as soon as I'm done here I'll be checking out the original, which I don't believe I've heard. Then there's your approach to the song - also great. I'm particularly impressed with the feedback and ambient sounds behind your guitar and vocal in the first half, and how well that's managed. The mix is perfect. Then the explosion of sound and screaming guitars kicks a hole in the speakers - sweet. The beauty is that there is no disjoint between the different parts of the song; it's seamless, despite the dynamic difference. A very, very cool performance, arrangement and production. Kudos to the hamlet machines on the song, and kudos to you for this take on it. Outstanding. Peace.
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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

I'm glad you think it's seamless. It was a little tough to make the contrast blend naturally, so I'm glad you think I pulled it off. Definitely check out the original if you like holes kicked in your speakers ;) Thanks!
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spitlogic said 3217 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
Wow man
The mood you set here is very intense. Your music here draws us in and your vocal performance (along with the exceptional lyrics) is outstanding. Great job all around.
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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

thanks man. Those lyrics are some of the best I've ever read, No lie. Especially when I started singing them I started to interpret them and they're pretty brilliant. Glad you like this. Thanks for listening.
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michael2 said 3217 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
dude
this is ridiculously good. CJDaley must be super stoked. what a mix too, you've really done some damage on this one. Excellent choice for a cover BTW.
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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

Yeah I'm glad he likes it. It was between this and one of yours to cover and I went with the one I thought I could successfully take in a different direction, as I was hesitant to mess with anything you've done.
It's always a challenge to mix songs like this, so I'm happy you think it sounds decent. Thanks michael
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HenriROGERsoloandbands said 3217 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
Big sound

Intense from the start , very good construction .
Love the vocals .
rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

thanks henri. the original is even more intense. check it out if you haven't already. appreciate the listen and comment thanks :)
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SystematicFailure said 3217 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
///
this is dark & beautiful!! I' alomost spit out my coffee when the BIG guitars took off. awesome cover of a cool song.
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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

thanks SF. I think dark and beautiful is a accurate. Maybe this is the Darth Vader of alternative rock songs... or something.
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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

thanks SF. I think dark and beautiful is a accurate. Maybe this is the Darth Vader of alternative rock songs... or something.
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stevel said 3217 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
Great track
Powerful sound to this...will have to check the original out too now. Well done!
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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

yep check it out! especially if you like powerful. Thanks dude.
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Lennon714 said 3217 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
whoa
A lot of raw power. A very crisp sounding recording. You and 12p nailed that mix. What's great about this cover is how you can tell in your approach that you really really really dig this song. You weren't simply re-doing the song, you were pouring your passion in to that song. Incredibly well done. If that's sonic rape, then... well... you know...
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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

THanks eric. I really do dig it. I couldn't/wouldn't cover a song I didn't love, but on the other hand it's risky because you don't want to tarnish it in any way, you know? When I hear covers of Pinkerton songs I cringe. Doesn't matter who's doing it - it just doesn't sit right. Anyway glad you like. Your cover's one of the best of the challenge.
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The Infinites said 3217 days ago (September 2nd, 2008)
Fine take on CJ's original
Great choice, well worked and a different feel from the original but with all the same energy coming from a different direction.

Difficult song to take on (I mean that with all respect to CJ) so I am well impressed at the outcome. You obviously have a good ear to cut through the original mesh of sound to come up with your own cool version.

Nice work!

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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

Thanks Jim. It is a difficult song to cover, no doubt. I took what I thought were the most powerful parts of the song and tried to build this around them. THe vocals were the most difficult though, as cj has a really unique way of delivering.
Thanks for listening. Really liking your cover too.
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Skean said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)
Yep
Now we talking this sure ROCKS in my book.. Cheers
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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

thanks kenta!
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jiguma said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)
Excellent post Ridd!
This is quite amazing - I don't remember the original, but it is obviously, first and foremost, a very good piece of writing.

Your interpretation just left me dumbstruck! I love the way you use feedback and the synths to build the power - the guitars are just screaming, and it sounds like someone doing everything they can (and maybe not quite enough) to keep the song from escaping and reproducing in the wild.

This is one of the exceptional MJ posts of 2008.

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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

wow neil, that's huge to me coming from you - thanks. the original is where it all started so yeah big credit to the writers. I'm really stoked you like this and thanks for the very kind words. I really like your 'reproducing in the wild' analogy haha
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No_Secret_Revealed said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)
yeah
I've said it before (under a different handle of course)... huge talent.

Early part of the song brings to mind Elliot Smith in terms of your whisper-thin delivery. Then the transition to the vocal delivery later in the song shows off your versatility (maybe a touch of Radiohead influence there?)

You have a real talent for building up a sonic landscape.

I should probably go back and listen to the original.
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rsorensen said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)

the elliot smith comparison is OK with me. He was brilliant. Radiohead's definitely a huge influence on a lot of my vocal style too - especially for this type of music. Thanks for checking this out and your kind comments. Def go check out the original :)
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bud said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)
Amazing work on a killer tune
you took it way past eleven man. I really like the rising sustain on the guitar as it bleeds into the riot. Cool.
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rsorensen said 3210 days ago (September 9th, 2008)

hah your comment reminds me of that classic scene in spinal tap. i tried to make this pretty intense to match the original's energy. glad you like this man. thanks
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SmokeyVW said 3216 days ago (September 3rd, 2008)
chilled
great cover!

lots of great vocal things going on here

i really like what you did on the vocals starting around 2:03 - wow. reminds me of Filter somehow.

and those background voices at the end

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rsorensen said 3210 days ago (September 9th, 2008)

thanks smokey - i've gotten the filter comparison before, and i don't mind at all. thanks for listening :)
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racerat said 3214 days ago (September 5th, 2008)
whoa.
HUGE.

I sit in awe of your guitar godliness.




Nice Job Ridd.

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rsorensen said 3210 days ago (September 9th, 2008)

hah thanks philip. it was a treat to cover such a cool song. i dont know about godliness, but i appreciate it hehe. thanks for listening. really enjoyed your cover too
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Alannah said 3214 days ago (September 5th, 2008)
Fabulous ....
.. what else can I say ..... rawks
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rsorensen said 3210 days ago (September 9th, 2008)
fabulous
that's enough for me :) thanks alannah
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