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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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very nice! I like how it is developing and ends with the intensive sound. In this case it reminds me so much on Alanis Morissettes song "Are You Still Mad".

Posted on: 2017/2/14 21:57
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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Thank you Gerd, glad you've enjoyed it!

I don't actually know this particular AM song btw. Will check it out.

Posted on: 2017/2/15 20:20
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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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i like how the last song manages to get powerful in spite its slow rythm and its absence of drums (i mean : powerful even before the drums arrive). The ending might last a bit too long (to my own taste, of course), but well done, anyway !

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Amazing Island cover. What a voice !

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Thanks! I actually wrote the song section (just for piano and voice) some years ago but didn't know how to develop it. I stumbled upon the original rough demo recently and then I suddenly got this idea.

As for Island, yeah, Joanna does a great job with it. We also so Doubled Up from time to time, it's not that much of a showcase for her but I've added a lot of harmonies to it so it sounds even more like a campfire song :D

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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I'd like to hear or see your campfire Doubled Up version, then.

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Well, there are only some rough-sounding rehearsal recordings. I put one here, where we play it segued with Pink Floyd's Brain Damage, which we usually do:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/zsy814c ... n_Damage_-_Doubled_Up.mp3

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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I like it.
And the other song too.

Posted on: 2017/2/20 0:10
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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Heh, somehow it sounds funny to me to refer to a Floyd classic as "the other song" but that's fine :D

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Apologies.

It's because I'm too young to know everything I should.

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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No need to apologise! It's just that I kind of grew up with PF, been familiar with Dark Side Of The Moon ever since I was 5 or 6 (so over a quarter of a century now) so I can't help but find your comment a little amusing

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Here's our version of PJ Harvey's C'mon Billy from our recent show:

https://youtu.be/nOx0wxl3CK4

We also did an electric set with a bigger line-up, the videos of that are coming soon.

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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I know the original song of course, and I like your cover!

Posted on: 2017/7/3 20:21
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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Thanks so much!

Here's another vid you might enjoy even more:

https://youtu.be/w74BhU1Be7g

It's a cover of Doubled Up paired up in a medley with Pink Floyd's Brain Damage. We often do those as the final encore.

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Funny! How many people are at those concerts?

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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About 40-70 people. Friends and family, really. Hopefully it will change, though. We're going to record the album professionally. The top session drummer from my city (and one of the best ones in the country) will start recording the drums soon (and he'll also do a video clinic based on one of the songs due to its rhythmic complxity). Anyway, we hope to have a 4-track EP finished by October and that'll hopefully open doors to some festivals and at least local radio and maybe we'll get some more exposure that way.

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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There are now three tracks from the electric set available:

Detuned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLbZD1MsMJk

Thirteen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocmmBLKYy14

What You Wish For: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhPsq7nCRpo
(this one's probably the most HN-fan-friendly of the three)

Two more will be released in this week.

Posted on: 2017/7/10 14:34
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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Here's a cover of Porucpine Tree's Buying New Soul, featuring my old bandmate on additional backing vocals. I honestly think we did a very good job on the 3-part harmony, if I say so myself. Do check it out, Heather's fans should enjoy this one.

https://youtu.be/zNVAAZpOGG4

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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It's been a while since I published anything new, so here's a new solo tune:

https://soundcloud.com/wp-music-1/strangers

It turned out better than I expected so I decided to put it out while the band is undergoing some serious changes.

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Nice tune.

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Thanks!

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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I've just enjoyed listening to it, an excellent recording!

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Thank you! I made this song mostly just to get something finished, chose an arbitrary deadline and really pushed myslef to complete the song. Only goes to show that sometimes you can push yourself to be creative and something good can come out of it.

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Just finished another solo tune, this one is quite minimalistic and mainly acoustic:

https://soundcloud.com/wp-music-1/unconscious

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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I like it a lot.

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Thanks Estellem.

Here's my newest creation. This one is quite proggy and complex. I wasn't initially sure where I was going with it but I'm very happy with the results.

https://soundcloud.com/wp-music-1/agnes

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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At the beginning of the song, your voice reminded me much of Morrissey!

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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That's a great complement, thanks! I wasn't really thinking of him, I just tried singing some phrases with this "priest singing" voice that I can do and it seemed to fit. But yeah, it's definitely a bit Morrissey-ish :D

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Quote:

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....I just tried singing some phrases with this "priest singing" voice that I can do and it seemed to fit. But yeah, it's definitely a bit Morrissey-ish :D

Absolutely!

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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I've been very creative recently, here's my newest track:

https://soundcloud.com/wp-music-1/secular

It's much more concise than the last one but very intense.

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Music and lyrics written, all vocals and instruments recorded, arranged, produced and mixed all by you in only a few days!? That’s verrrrry creative and productive! (I’ve only written 3 or 4 quite simple songs in only a few hours and I had to push myself, the other ones came somehow bit by bit.)

What instruments do you play and where/how do you record your songs? It sounds so professional!

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Thanks!

Quote:

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What instruments do you play and where/how do you record your songs? It sounds so professional!


I only play electric & acoustic guitars and keyboards. I play the drum and bass parts on the keys and I'm actually not very good at it but there's a lot you can fix with midi :)

I make my recordings with very little equipment: the guitars, a 4-octave midi keyboard, a small mixer, a dynamic mic and rather shitty speakers (I should really invest in some better monitors). The rest is software.

I have been looking into mixing techniques a little bit recently and I think it significantly improved the quality of my recordings (especially the last two songs). I do have a tendency to make complex arrangements, which is always difficult to mix.

But yeah, all the songs on my solo profile are 100% solo (except Stay Under Cover, where a great Australian musician friend of mine played the solo and my Strange Moments partner sings harmonies on another song, but that's that).

This particular song came about very quickly, I knew exactly what I wanted, and I had less work this week than usual so the recording didn't take much time :)

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Thanks for the info and insight, Wojciech! I think, it sounds excellent.

Having such fans, who are great musicians themselves – like you, Estelle or Verena –, it’d be awesome if Heather offered them the opportunity to make her support (kind of she did with the Papercup contest).
It could be even an offer for her next pledge campaign (if she keeps the price for it at a reasonable level)!?

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Quote:

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Having such fans, who are great musicians themselves – like you, Estelle or Verena –, it’d be awesome if Heather offered them the opportunity to make her support (kind of she did with the Papercup contest).


Yes, Estelle and Verena would definitely fit, I'm not sure about myself, I seem to function in a totally different musical realm. To me it was enough when Heather praised Oysters & Sirens and told me she thought it must have been very difficult to write. One of my fav songwriters talking to me about one of my songs, what more can you ask for? :D

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Just finished a new solo piece:

https://soundcloud.com/wp-music-1/how-long-part-ii

This is a demo recorded for Strange Moments. The vocal is by and large just a guide and as it's written for a female voice, I'm basically singing on the verge of or above my natural range. Also, the lyrics are by no means intended as the final version.

Despite all that I still think it's just about good enough to publish :)

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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We were recently commissioned to play 3 songs of Heather's at a brithday party. The performance actually took place in a castle! Here's the video for the first song, London Rain:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA1MfYCdZHE

The other two will follow soon, watch this space!

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Great version, well done! Your and Joanna’s voices fit together perfectly!

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Re: Strange Moments - my new band with fem vox, icl. Oysters & Sirens 2.0
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Thanks!

Yeah, we have somewhat similar timbres but I also always make an effort to really blend in with her when harmonising.

Anyway, Island is up!

https://youtu.be/qZSOAnLAx4Y

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awesome! Great harmony!

Posted on: 2018/11/26 22:25
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