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Our LIOLI 8 Entry. Die, Dr. LIOLI, DIE!!! (The loop represents the counter-melody in the second chorus and pops up here and there afterwards, especially the outro).

From Lisa: Lately, I've had more of an urge to be involved earlier in the musical process that I often am and during LIOLI 7 Matt indulged me on our song, Wake Up, by letting me write the basic song and then fancying it up afterwards. We did the same thing on this one, where I wrote a very basic musical part (mostly a bassline and crappy drums) for myself to work with and wrote and sang my parts, then handed it to Matt to bring the awesome. Everyone should have a bandmate as generous and supportive as him.

Lyrically, I've been thinking for a while that fairy tales are a rich source of lyrical concepts, even if the original story isn't identified. I have several single friends who love the book, "He's Just Not that Into You," which is supposed to help women "decode" a man's actions in order to gauge his level of interest. I started to think about that book in terms of some fairy tales, especially Rapunzel. There's a chapter in HJNTIY, which is titled something like "He's Just Not That Into You if He's Not Calling," and I thought about Rapunzel, locked in a tower, basically waiting for her prince to show up whenever it's convenient for him to scale her hair. She's sort of the epitome of a woman who is waiting by the phone, so I started thinking about the things that might rocket around Rapunzel's brain right after reading HJNTIY.

Of course, every situation is individual and Rapunzel would have had the wrong end of the stick if she'd thought her prince didn't love her. Perception is a very powerful thing in relationships and Rapunzel getting a copy of HJNTIY at the wrong time could have given her fairy tale a very different ending.

From Matt: A few years ago I told Lisa that I was looking forward to her contributing some music writing to our growing catalog. Beginning with Wake Up and now with Rapunzel, you can hear her work as a songwriter, as opposed to simply a singer and lyric composer. On this one, I felt I had the role Depeche Mode has with Martin Gore's songs. Take the song and make it something that feels like The Orbiting. That is The Orbiting. A great deal of fun for me, especially as I don't have to labor over arrangement decisions. To me the song is about a woman who lets down her hair. I had no idea it meant more that that!

Thanks to the LIOLI organizers for providing us incentive to finish a song in relatively quick fashion.
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Lyrics
Rapunzel

In our loneliness
we agree
to almost anything.
Singing from my tower
you asked me to let you in.

You told me you loved me
and would always need me near,
but you would always leave me
and I'd never know
when you would reappear.

How can this be love,
when it can't be returned?
Taken out in the world?
When it's not what I dreamed of?

Separated from my love,
I cried and cried your name,
and every time I thought I lost you
is when you came again.

I hoped you'd take me far from here
and set us free from shame.
Instead I turn to hide my face,
can't watch you disappear again.

How can this be love,
when it can't be returned?
Taken out in the world?
When it's not what I dreamed of?

Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
let down your hair.
I will climb it
and give you my name.

How can this be love,
when it can't be returned?
Taken out in the world?
When it's not what I dreamed of?

(it's not what I dreamed of, it's not what I dreamed of)

You told me you loved me and would always need me near.


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Hits: 5275
Comments: 53
Fans: 41
Plays: 298
Downloads: 150
Votes: 11
Uploaded: Sep 27, 2008 - 10:25:36 AM
Last Updated: Sep 27, 2008 - 09:00:26 PM Last Played: Apr 18, 2017 - 01:35:42 PM
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Lisa: Rode Nt-1a, G5, Event ALP-5's. Copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales.
Matt: Things that make cool sounds. Other things that make cool sounds.
Software:
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Comments
lengold said 3245 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
This is a really
beautiful song, beautifully written and performed/produced.
Cheers
Len


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The Orbiting said 3245 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
Len
Thanks so much!
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Jim Bouchard said 3245 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
NIce
This song has got a nice low end to it. Very comfy. Really sounds like a Peter Gabriel mix.
I think I would have come back after that last vocal line with the backing tracks for a fadeout, if it was up to me. I like the last line, but it's left sort of dangling there and having a bookend keeps the bookcase tidy sometimes.
Other than that this is superlative, one of your best. Almost too good for LIOLI label, since it sounds really inspired by itself without the challenge gimmick as an impetus for creativity. But isn't it always that way with the good stuff?
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The Orbiting said 3245 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
Thanks Jim the kind comment and advice.
I hadn't noticed until you mentioned it, but there is a bit of a Peter Gabriel vibe (his later stuff anyway) going on. You'd probably laugh at us, but in the final mixing stages we were mindful of staying off of the limiter so we wouldn't risk your wrath! Your idea about the ending is an interesting one. Lisa kept trying to get me to splice that ending vocal piece into the beginning, to give it that bookend thing. But for some reason I didn't hear it. I think that bringing back one of the themes at that point might be something to look at.
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ledebutant said 3244 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
Completely True
Matt's telling the truth Jim. One of the very last things he said in our final stages of mixing when we were trying to decide if this was loud enough was, "Well, we know we'll make Jim happy if we leave it like this," (or something like that) and that was why we decided to cash out at this volume level.

Okay, now I understand why you said "I don't hear it," about my suggestion for the arrangement, Matt! I actually wasn't suggesting bookends. I was just suggesting dropping the drums out from under the first two line of the verse so the vocal would be acapella there, then having them come in under "singing from my tower." I was thinking, "Man, he's some kinda hard-core purist for not even being willing to try it." ;-p Of course, you are a super-genius and I defer to you in all things musical.

I think I agree with you Jim about bringing the other vocal line back in at the end. I just loved that harmony and wanted to have it twice; I even think there's an issue with it emphasizing a portion of the lyrics that aren't really central to the song.


ledebutant said 3244 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
Sorry
Should have said the "backing tracks" not the vocal line.
ktb said 3245 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
so so rich
in texture and depth. You guys I love. Its always such a trip simply because its always innovative and fresh. If this was a soundtrack for a dream, I wouldn't want to wake up.
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ledebutant said 3244 days ago (September 28th, 2008)
KTB :-)
One thing I love about Matt's mix is that he really did get a lot of depth and space and detail into it. He always surprises me with what he does. Thanks, John. I love it that I can always count on you to listen to what we post.
sloparts said 3245 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
Can always count on you two
to bring some wonderful and different to the table, and you have not disappointed this time either. Lisa, you singing is, as always, rich and full of emotion. You carry the lyrics so very well that I'm sure it made Matt's job not only easier, but much more pleasant as well;

I didn't notice the loop in there because I was distracted by you vocal and Matt's music, both of which are lush and beautiful.

Very very nice, Kudos to both of you

Ed



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ledebutant said 3244 days ago (September 28th, 2008)
Ed
Thanks for noticing the emotion in the vocal. I tried to sing this one with feeling. It made me run out of air at times, but I stuck with what I had and I'm glad you think it worked.
Feter said 3245 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
Rapunzel
Wo .. what a set of a song and singing ...fairy
spheric sound and feel ..excellent mixing ,great
job my friends ..thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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The Orbiting said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Feter
I love that word you've coined, "fairyspheric." I could imagine a Mystified album being called that.
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WillyB said 3245 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
...
great performance and backing track...and great production. Hearing touches of many styles from different eras. Very cool artwork too!
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The Orbiting said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Different Eras
Thanks, Willy. You have a point about that different eras thing. I'm happy you liked the song. :)
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HenriROGERsoloandbands said 3245 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
Vocal rythm

The song is good .
The backing track especialy .
About the vocals I think they are too much folowing the beat , they should sometimes be a lil before the beat to bring some changes in the rythm/groove feel .


The Orbiting said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Henri
Thanks for the critique, Henri. I absolutely agree with you. The "swing" is something I really need to work on with my singing. I was hearing that myself after a few days distance from the track. I'm always grateful when people give suggestions for improvement because we will be redoing this and I'll keep your words in mind.
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Char said 3245 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
How can this be love?
It's not, of course. And the end of Dr. Lioli thereby hangs by a hair, not a thread. You created a very sell-able song. Thank you.
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The Orbiting said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Clever Char
"a hair, not a thread..." Love that!
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said 3245 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
Oh now, what have we here,
the Sirens voice calling the Dr. to his doom. Very effective. I see this was a team effort as well. The combined strengths of the team make a formidable weapon in our battle to save MacJams City from becoming a Karaoke Park for Polka loving Evil Scientists.

Excellent work here Super Loopers. All you other Super Loopers take notes, there will be a test on Tuesday next, assuming the city survives.

Excellent, just excellent. Or did I say that already

CSP
The Orbiting said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
CSP
Why thank you, Captain.
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Parichayaka said 3244 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
Björk's happy/relaxed alter ego
The background synths/chords/percussion must be the most beautiful I've heard here on MJ. Amazing. I'm always grateful when I'm done listening and I feel like I've heard something I couldn't do with my current setup. Great energy, full sound, soothing with so much detail it put a big smile on my headphones:) Lisa, your voice sounds excellent, the melody seems perfect for your range (what does that even mean!) Wonderful job. Put my name on your ever-growing fan list.
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The Orbiting said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Pari!
Both Matt and I think the world of your music, so a compliment from you means the absolute world! I agree that Matt did a beautiful job with the backing tracks here and I think his mixes always reward a headphones listen, so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it.
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Outtaorbit said 3244 days ago (September 27th, 2008)
Thanks for not
letting your hair down... you stay towererful.......
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The Orbiting said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Towerful
Sigh...I think staying towerful is half my problem in life. :-p
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Diviner said 3244 days ago (September 28th, 2008)
One of your best
Really good track. The lyrics are very well written and sung. The music slips and slides along nicely, and the loop is really well incorporated as I could not get the first time. Well done, beautiful.
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The Orbiting said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Hidden Loop
Thanks so much, Keith. Always happy when you enjoy what we do.
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Rik_Berryere said 3244 days ago (September 28th, 2008)
Haunting
....I never really know what to say about the music you two cook up; everything I start with comes out as a slightly polished version of "gawrsh, it's shore a puurty song!" The talent you two bring to the show is inspiring!

The Peter Gabriel references ring very true, and the haunting, doubting tone of Rapunzel's words are as real as the stone of her tower. But what hooked me was the opening reference to "our" loneliness... it casts deep shadows into the absent prince, what he may be feeling (or, more accurately, her perceptions of them, as she's singing the story) and what genuine moment of connection they *may* have once shared. Was it real, or was it something more wishful and hoped for?

Good stories tell a great tale, but great stories know what not to tell, and the empty spaces behind what she knows and believes are poignant and real.

Great writing, great music. A knockout blow to the Dr. for sure!
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The Orbiting said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Rik, Rik, Rik
I think I need you to come to my house and explain my life to me. I alway feel as though I understand something about the world or being alive a little better after reading one of your comments. You have a gift that way for deep pith. I really feel as though you got to the heart of the song this time around. Thank you.

Die Dr. LIOLI. I can't thank you enough for organizing this one, Rik.
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peacepiano said 3244 days ago (September 28th, 2008)
Fairy Tale
Like the modern take on the fairy tale. Vocals are great and weave together well with the original sounds and beats you employ here. Cool song!

Thanks
Bill
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The Orbiting said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Bill
So happy you liked it. Thank you, Bill.
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wurzel said 3244 days ago (September 28th, 2008)
Laid back and mellow
Good song, reminds me of Portishead in some ways and Dido in others
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lavalamp said 3244 days ago (September 28th, 2008)
Let Down Your Hair
Lisa, wow. Brilliant job. Could you imagine yourself on a $50,000 Dollar mic?

You guys are true artist.

Thank you. Thank you for the motivation.

Dave
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Ed Hannifin said 3244 days ago (September 28th, 2008)
This is great...
...and I'll be back...

But in the meantime, this is great...again...

Ed
RazorsKiss said 3244 days ago (September 28th, 2008)
a new orbiting song?
im there!
smooth vocalization. how nice your singing really is. the backing vox are equally sweet, and i am happy.
one thing, tho, the vocal line is reminiscent of Blondie's "call me".... heh. took me a long time to dredge that from my drug soaked brain....
another tiny, little, wee thing i did notice, the first line has a small, almost imperceptable pop at :13 seconds on the word 'from'.... a no thing, really, but i know you are perfectionists, so i thought i would make my observation. this is a great song, overall. production is warm and full of live. the empty spaces have a ton of room to breathe, and musically it is a hit.
i love it when i hear what can be done with loops.
i have never had the knack for it, and on every loop contest you both seem to mesmerize and thoroughly impress.
thank you for posting this, and please dont take so long in between songs...
AD
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timothy devine said 3243 days ago (September 28th, 2008)
hey guys
Great sounding tune
I'm a new fan
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Monstermama said 3243 days ago (September 28th, 2008)
Gorgeous...
Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. As always.
8piscean8 said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Forget Power Trio
You two are a power duo! In my head I can hear a tasty electric guitar subtlety in parts (I would like to see you two incorporate more instruments besides all electronically made ones in the future).

This one doesn't quite have the kick-in-the-pants feeling that Wake Up does but is excellent none-the-less. The sound bed is gorgeous and the vocals are spot on as well. I think the vocal phrasing could be spiced up (it's gets a little redundant in the verses). Your vocals are really dream and fit the fairy tale great. This music feels like the time when you wake up and keep falling back asleep and are falling in and out of dreaming. Very nice!

Other than that, you two rock and need to produce more quality music! I was happy to see a new Orbiting song in my inbox.

Peace,

Adam
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davisamerica said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Oh Man !
this is absolutely a gem. I do not believe it could be any better than this. I love the vocals as always ... great back story .... and the production feel on this is killer .... yeah ... i love this. and double cool ... I can download! Thanks guys
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michael2 said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
great
i'm thinking that Matt wasn't the only one bringing the awesome. this is a great song, regardless of the LIIOLI factor. it's really nice to see you guys up and posting again, seems like I haven't heard from you 2 in awhile. i know there's kids in the mix, makes it hard. great track.
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saymme said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
wow Lisa... .... & Matt . .. . . ! !
Man I LOVE THIS!!! What a wonderful speed/tempo on this...so 'RIGHT' : ) : ) ! & The lyrics...seams like You're reading my thoughts Lisa...(can't believe these things actually still can happen..) AWESOME SONG the Music fits extremely well very nice LOVE IT ( : ) !!
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Lennon714 said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
This is wonderful
Great storytelling, great music. As it stands in the countermelody, that's my favorite mashing of the loop I've heard yet.
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jiguma said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Aaaaagh - that feels better
This is so good that I've come back from my brief MJ holiday to type something.

Lovely Gabriel sound - interestingly soft (as opposed to "sharp" in the mix department. There's one bright sounding percussion instrument that follows the bass for a little while which leapt out (in a good way) to reinforce the subtlety of the rest of the mix. Lovely vocals Lisa, and (as usual) a fantastic backing track from Matt.

Something else could happen at the end, but not sure what - maybe an extended musical interlude without vox?? Not a big issue - sounds great!

I agree with Jim's comments about LIOLI - too good.

Neil
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dajama said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Very cool
I really like the lyrics, and the excellent updated take on the old story. The production and mix is (as always with you guys!) excellent - lovely sound and perfect balance. I especially like the sound on the percussion throughout. The singing is wonderful - great expressiveness in your voice, Lisa, and what a lovely tone. This is a great song, and I'm delighted the challenge brought it out. Thanks for sharing. Kudos to both of you. Nicely done. Peace.
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stacey said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
You guys, oh my god!
This song is SO GOOD! I love everything about it! Those backing VOX are sweet! How cool! Downloaded, onto iPod. Thank you so much for making such great music and sharing it with us!
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Vic Holman said 3243 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
making cool sounds
great tune in all departments.

subtle and graceful.
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five_extra_arms said 3242 days ago (September 29th, 2008)
Pulling My Hair Out
Kids,

you get together once in real life and you go and do this?!

Lisa, this is your best vocal ever. I'll bet that by the end of this very day, Grimm's Fairy Tales will be a household name. Seriously, what you've done here is pure wonder.

Matt, not bad dude. (I marvel at what you do - were you ever in SGT?)

This is a great production.

Thanks y'all.

Bob
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The Orbiting said 3241 days ago (September 30th, 2008)
Thank for the kind words.
And you gotta tell me what/who SGT is. I guess by asking I'm answering your question.
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AcetyleneJukebox said 3242 days ago (September 30th, 2008)
Very nice.
Interesting take on the Rapunzel story. Well produced track.
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said 3242 days ago (September 30th, 2008)
Wowzers!
Sorry it took so long to get here. Been working feverishly on an rsorensen cover...

This was worth the wait. Just beautiful. Laid back, borderline mystical, pop. Almost world music.

Wonderful vocals Lisa! And excellent production as per usual.

Be well friends!


said 3242 days ago (September 30th, 2008)
You two
always do such fantastic tunes and this one doesn't disappoint! Wonderful concept with the lyrics, Lisa. I thought they were great! Absolutely wonderful voice too :)

I thought the production sounded stellar listening on my earbuds here at work!
bud said 3242 days ago (September 30th, 2008)
Doesn't get much better than this
Dr. L is toast and we're all the richer for it. Lisa - and Matt - you two really delivered with this one - what a fine collaboration. Excellent story and concept. I love the waiting by the phone analogy - just genius. Lisa your voice sounds better each time out and Matt - your production is awesome.
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FEEL said 3242 days ago (September 30th, 2008)
This has to be
One of Lisa's best vocal tracks. Everything is right on the button. I can imagine Bjork envious of this one. Fantastic instrumentation to compliment. Kudos to the two of you.



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SmokeyVW said 3242 days ago (September 30th, 2008)
what I dreamed of
the vocal harmonies are so nice

nice modulation into the chorus

this song is thrilling

thanks


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kristyjo said 3241 days ago (October 1st, 2008)
So many cool things happening
I like the suggestions that were made - I think - to start out acappella without drums, but otherwise, keep it just like this! I really get a kick out of the thought that this is a LIOLI challenge piece. It is SO far beyond what I could even imagine as a piece based on 'walking clav 01' I adore the space Matt gave to the instrumentation - He has a real gift there. Lisa, your delivery is so sophisticated, yet vulnerable. The vocal harmony on the end is really appealing - maybe throw in a bit of that in the interior of the song, too??
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thoddi said 3241 days ago (October 1st, 2008)
Cool tune
Always nice to listen to you two:)
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damiengh said 3240 days ago (October 2nd, 2008)
Hair today
....and Hair tomorrow. Glad you folks are HERE. The Orbiting are one of MJ's bedrock creators.

Another nice dreamy one from the dreamy duo.

Nice vocals and nice arrangement.
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ledebutant said 3239 days ago (October 3rd, 2008)
Damien
...your comments just rule! The dreamy duo. I think that's our new nickname. We should change our banner. :)
Nolan said 3238 days ago (October 4th, 2008)
Quality stuff
This is really cool. I love the change that the chorus brings and the backing vocals in that section really add something. Amazing backing track; there are some very cool sounds in there. Good stuff!
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Pie said 3236 days ago (October 6th, 2008)
MARS CALLING!!!
Too much bottom end on your vocal. It's a little bit boomy. Sort it out.
Otherwise - very cute :-)

Be cool,

Pie



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Pete_NB said 3232 days ago (October 10th, 2008)
Love how...
...the vocals and bass line blend so well. You guys sure seem dialed into each other!
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edpdx said 3180 days ago (December 1st, 2008)
Sweet
and very clean vocals. All of the instruments are perfectly chosen for your voice.

Awesome
edpdx
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