Riley Jensen

Riley Jensen

Riley Jensen


Title
backwards walkin, sideways talkin rock thing.
Bio
Spotify : http://spoti.fi/2ws0Deo

iTunes / Apple Music : http://apple.co/2x7dgJ0

Bandcamp : https://kaptur.bandcamp.com/

Facebook : KapturMusic

Instagram : KapturMusic

Twitter : KapturMusic
Website
Location
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Recent Submissions

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Matt Langham

Really good propulsive track - makes its own healthy inertia that it crests while also setting a good balance of looped elements that serve the energy of the track rather than becoming repetitive. I think you've hit all the bases in combining the elements you've stated you want to while also making it work. Well recorded and produced - good balance to the instrumental elements. Not too sure about the visualization though - bit of a winamp throwback!

Joshua Smotherman

I was hooked from the moment I clicked play and heard the guitars and the intensity of the energy infused into this song. The transition into the verse was smooth and the melody really enriches the mood and the listening experience. The vocals fit really well into the mix which is well balanced, crisp, and clearly defines each element and sonic nuance of the track. This song really jams and it jams hard! The release of tension throughout the outro was the perfect ending to this sonic assault on my senses. I'm ready for a repeat listen!

Mike Mineo

Nicely thunderous beginning -- first minute shows a thrilling guitar tone that escalates into the vocal's emergence shortly thereafter. The fluid, shimmering guitars accompany the perky vocals well, The "our side" transition at 01:32 is well-executed and exciting -- the washing of synths around 01:50 an excellent changeup as well for some needed - at the time - variation. The active guitar work has a bit of a math-rock edge to it, though without the overbearing complexity of some in the genre. The result is a fluid, melodically enjoyable track with great vocal production - especially in the echo-ey effect around 02:20 - and angular guitar work. Nice stuff here. I look forward to posting on OS. Since you marked needing help with promoting this, feel free to reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com for my PR servicing's rates and success stories. Would love to work with you. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

Shayne Locke

Nice track. Different to the others you have previously sent and not as radio friendly but we would definitely give it a spin. I would like to here other tracks.

Charlie Ashcroft

Another great track from Kaptur, whose heady mix of industrial riffs, post-punk energy and commercial-radio-friendly melodies continues to impress. The song is a superb testament to Kaptur’s progress. As for the lyric video, it could work in the late night slots on the slightly leftfield alternative Music TV channels. When submitting the video to those channels though, it might be worth having a Harding-safe version ready. Flashing images can often prohibit music directors from being able to use certain videos, but they can be toned down in a Harding-safe version without losing the quality of the original visuals.

Angela Mastrogiacomo

Super catchy! I love this, it's right up my alley. I actually thought for a second that I was listening to my Spotify Discover Weekly, because this is so close to what I normally listen to. Would love to work together to promote this!

Liane Chan

I enjoyed the song for its 

Indie Band Guru

There is a lot going on here. It is unique with its use of indie rock and electronic ambient sounds. 
Some critiques: The opening may be a little too long. In my opinion, it would draw attention to have the mix focus on each genre at specific parts of the song. Basically highlighting all the elements you have. 

D Grant Smith

Energetic rock with style and poise. Love it!

Would love to hear the rest of the album this track is on. Shoot me an email dgrant@dgrantsmith.com and we can discuss more.

SD Hox

I like the visuals on this one...but prefer some of the other tracks that Kaptur has produced.  Kaptur continues to be an artist to watch! Thanks for sharing and keep up the production!!

Souterrain Live

Hey guys, thanks for sharing with us. First off i like the idea of dropping a song every month, it provides direction and clarity to an established fan base, plus also allows new listeners to jump on board the journey part way through. I'll tackle the track first and safe to say that, i like it. It does feel like a bit of an onslaught of sound up until the break at 3.19. Its like a HIIT session which i am well up for. The conclusion is really well put together and a chance for us all to catch our breaths a bit and realise what has just happened. on the third and fourth go around, i start to appreciate the individual components making the song, the drums especially, the little fills are very nice. The guitar kicks in massively during the chorus but doesn't do enough for me, the aggressive bassyness i am a fan of but felt more could have been laid on the line with a lead. Maybe theres more to come as we go through the releases but thats probably the only part of the track i felt a little bit deflated about, the rest of it really gets in your face and sends a message to say, we are here MFs come and listen to this! Lyrically its sound, it doesnt pull up any trees for me as in its not groundbreaking messages, i do agree with the subject matter and the sentiment but in my opinion, they were decent enough but not great. However the delivery is good, its at a pitch where people can sing along to and it just really compliments the aggressive nature of the track. Its a huge live piece, i can imagine you throwing this one out at gigs and people being blown away by it, its really meaty. I'm making faces listening to it. 
From a promotional angle, i'll provide some tips which you may wish to explore, some of those you may have already tried or do regularly. First off is your profile, i immediately went to Spotify as thats the streaming service i use most, theres no bio on your page. I'm in the camp where i need to know who you are, how you were formed etc so when i tell my friends about you i can drop little tidbits and subsequently impress my friends with my facts. Some artists like to keep the mystery. If i am to really invest my time and possibly money into your band and brand, i would like to know more. It doesn't have to be war and peace but just a couple of paragraphs about you really hits home. This then follows on to my next point, blogs. Music blogs are lazy but they play a key role in putting peoples music in listeners faces. If you havent already, try and get your music on a blog so it can influence and tastemake their audience, give them premieres if you wish. Target a batch of relevant music blogs (from a UK perspective have a look at gold flake paint and earmilk) and submit your track to them. If they like it they will need some material and they will usually look at your web profiles for content and use that.  there is a website called submithub which you can bulk send your music to a number of selected blogs but i have heard mixed reviews about it so take a look but maybe just pick your own genre specific ones. Social media content is anoher one, keep up posting relevant content and connecting with your fan base, nothing worse than having a listener share your work and you not acknowledge them or leave unanswered questions visible to others, it gives the impression you think you are far too important to converse with people, don't make that mistake. Have a go at getting verified on twitter. The magical blue tick is actually quite easy to obtain, all you need to do is message them via the desktop version ( from memory) and you can ask to be verified. You may have to put a few reasons why you think you are beneficial to the general public so be inventive and if you dont get one, so what, but if you do, it looks legit! In your up coming releases, have you collaborated with anyone else? Collaboration is a massive avenue to reach more people, most of the new music i find is based on 'related artists' or a connection made when listening to someone else, not just featuring on tracks but producing, writing and even appearing in other peoples music videos. Creating the network is fun and you will make friends for life, artists will help each other but have a look at who you think you could have a mutually beneficial relationship with.
Lastly, gigs. Where can people see you play live? Get on the support slot for bands who are on a higher level in regards to releases, fan base etc, if you smash the live performance, you will immediately get new fans. I cant tell you how many times i have seen tweets or comments like 'caught xxx supporting xxx, never heard of them before but they were awesome!' Its pretty straight forward to get on support slots, have a look who is headlining venues within a distance you are comfortable with travelling to, either contact the band direct or have a look on the poster to see who the promoter / booker is. Email them and ask to be on the bill. If they say no, so what. Most promoters spend so long sorting out the headliner and tickets etc they dont particularly focus their time on who will support, if you make a good impression, the headliner could ask you to support further shows. Dont ask dont get! As a final point, make a plan for a period of time, say a year, and have targets, eg play x shows, have x plays on spotify / soundcloud, be played on radio etc. Work your ass off for that period of time and then see where you are at the end of it. If there is progress, you know what to do! Anyway hope that helps, happy to share across our socials and look forward to the next few releases. All the best! Chris 

Alan Cross

You guys are nicely prolific. I hope you're sending this stuff out to labels for evaluation. There's no reason that you shouldn't be on the radar of some of the better indie labels. Even some majors would be impressed by what you've managed on your own.

What are your next steps? Tell me that you've got someone working for you.

I'll shoot this through my social networks again. Let me know what you're doing through alan@alancross.ca

Bob Lugowe

Really enjoyable, intelligent song with an original sound and a compelling visual accompaniment. Since you're playing music within the rock world, it may be worth considering focusing on an EP or full-length instead of dropping singles each month as the electronic, pop and hip-hop worlds are more singles focused and you could likely get more attention with a strong debut release. Consider setting up a release with a publicist, music video, tour dates, etc. and I could see this getting some deserved attention. Best of luck!

Brian Hazard

Now that's what I call HIGH ENERGY!

Look at all the pretty colors... 😲

Vocal feels a little too far back in the mix. And I'm struggling to figure out how the food chain was on your side. Wait, is this a vegan anthem? 😜

There are a few more lines I struggle to comprehend, but your summary is helpful.

"You can’t put two and two by side" is awkward and feels a little lazy. I know you want to say "side by side" but it doesn't fit.

"Entwined ouroboros of mine" is a serious wtf moment. You can't expect everyone to have Google handy as they listen.

That said, my lyrical philosophy lately has been that I don't care what the words mean — I care how they make you feel. So... I feel confused! 😜 Okay sorry, I'll stop picking on the lyrics.

Well, one more: "You cannot find the perfect rhyme." I can almost imagine you guys sitting in a room pulling your hair out looking for a line, and someone says that, and the other says, "Yeah, let's just use that!"

To me, it undermines the intention behind the song. As a listener, I get to peek behind the curtain to discover you're all laughing at me for trying to take you seriously.

Beyond the vocal balance, it sounds well mixed and mastered, as best I can determine through YouTube's encoding.

But the song itself feels like it was written spontaneously, too easily settling on phrases that could be improved to create a more engaging lyric.

But don't hate me — I'll still share it! It's a cool track, and I wouldn't have been so fixated on the lyrics if you hadn't thrown them up in my face.

Keep 'em coming!

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Angela Mastrogiacomo

I really liked this! It's definitely the kind of music I can get into. Super catchy! I also love your strategy of releasing a new song every month, as a way to presumably keep fans engaged and interacting. 

Jen Dan

Super, electrifying electronic rock tune that captures the angst and restlessness of the current tumultuous socio-political times.  

Bleak to defiant lyrics and emotive exclamations are either bolstered by gritty aero-guitar grind, skittering percussion, and electronic buzz or are contrasted brighter synth notes, brisk cymbals hits, and a sharp beat.

The video is old-school cool with colors and images that move along to the rhythms of the music.  Rock on!  Can't wait to hear more from you this year!

Matt Langham

I enjoyed this. A headstrong, careening beat that does plenty for the song's impetus, nice use of synth and electroclash overtones - taking the best of a tired scene and reinjecting it with some real vigour. One criticism is that there's reaching and reaching - the sound is vaguely reminiscent of Everything Everything and it might be improved if more esoteric elements are embraced to keep the listener on edge. The video threatened to give me a migraine too!

Gianluca Abbadessa

Hi guys,
I'd like to rate your song as a good result of your creative process, but I would tend to consider two aspects of your song as completely different: first, the riff as musically strong and catchy; second, the way you produced this lyric video: you can't leave your music video black for 7 seconds as there's no voice but the music. As a music listener would be misleading because it doesn't catch my attention.
I like so much the contrast between the very powerful drum rhythm and the slow melody line of your voice.
I suggest you to submit this song to synch catalogues or music supervisors in order to place it into TV series (i.e Netflix).

Joshua Smotherman

Digging the energy of this song and the simple yet profoundly creative way you approached the video stuck out to me when reading your description of the song/video. The mix is clear and each element of the song shines through with impact. The vocal performance is passionate and goes well with the intensity of the instrumentation. The uptempo drums, in your face feeling, and excellent guitar tones really drive this song into being awesome. Rock on!

Mike Mineo

The guitar/synth interplay in the first 30 seconds makes for a fun intro, with the hazy alternative-leaning vocals entering thereafter in cohesive form. The "we're good for nothing / so sick for something" enhancement adds some snarling emotion to the vocals, with the backing guitar distortion and frantic rhythmic backing aptly being rousing as well. Re-emergence of '80s-esque, anthemic synth-laden spurts around 01:20 is brought back at an opportune time -- reminding me fondly of Ozma in its synth/guitar interplay in the structure. Distortion-laden bridge at 01:50 also a nice structural choice. The final minute is particularly effective in its emotional ferocity, reminding fondly of English act ¡Forward, Russia! in the guitars and vocals especially. Great work! I look forward to posting this on Obscure Sound. Also, since you marked wanting help with promotion, feel free to reach out to me at mike@obscuresound.com if interested in my PR servicing's rates and success stories. Would love to work with you! -Mike

Steve Palfreyman

This track is right up my alley! I love the core riff, it's catchy and clever, the instrumentation is smart, singer fits nicely and I like that thought has gone into how the song progresses. It feels like it sticks to form when it needs to but there are still some progressive experiments with the flow. Quality of recording is good and I love how you've tried to explain the process and ambition of the band, that has captured my attention almost more than the song. How you pitch your story is as important as the music you make and you're off to a good start.

To help you with progressing, my opinion of tracks like this is they need to go somewhere. I feel like there's a missing link with the ending, as it's building up to 2.46 the strength of the singer starts to really shine, and while I can dig the 'stop' that happens, it's a shame it went straight back to the core riff. We sort of built all this way-up, then went back down and had to wait for those amazing harmonies at the end.

I just say this to keep in mind next time - the length of song isn't as important as making sure every tiny piece in it earns its place. I think you could have found a way to push through to that end part with harmonies quicker, or launch in straight to it, keep the energy moving and not bring us back to something we've already heard before.

I would also say be careful of your lyrics, it's very easy to quickly pigeon-hole yourself if the lyrics feel too cheesy. Push the boundaries of the stories you want to tell and make sure you're writing lyrics every day of the week to expand yourself.

As far as marketing, go heavy on your story of 'this is the year for us' make sure you're pushing each other to put out as much video content as you can. (Side note, be careful of the 'fade to black' in this video, it distracted me from the song, I went back to make sure it wasn't a glitch, always make sure something is happening). Talk about what you're about on your socials, put together more videos and snippets like this, look at the video and imagery you make as one half of the musical puzzle, share stories, meet new people daily on social, interact, create - do all this all year without stopping or looking back and you'll be setting yourself up for a shot at making 2019 'your year'.

Charlie Ashcroft

This song has so much going on, that you’re genuinely not expecting it to be as heavy as it is. Kaptur have come up with something infectious and vital, putting a modern, innovative twist on something whose bare bones vaguely resemble a melodic 90s grunge jam. Radio-wise I can see this being a winner on evening specialist slots and Student Radio daytime, while the video might go down well on stations like SubTV and online platforms like Clash, God Is In The TV and Louder Than War.

Shayne Locke

The song reminded me of early Cog (Australian band). Very subtle yet strong message in the song. Loved the sound and clever video work. Looking forward to hearing more. I would definitely be interested in playing this and more. Nice departure in sound from your previous music.

Liane Chan

Kind of EMO sounding at times, but overall a good song and  the visuals were cool. It was a short, but sweet track with a lot going for it. I felt his was over almost too quickly.

Danielle Langley

Loved this video and song! What a great sound. The visualization was spot on of how the sound reflected your music. I would consider featuring you on my website music is art. Will be happy to share your track with others. I’m excited to hear more from you!

Lauren Gribble

Hey guys! Thanks for sending me more new music. I really liked the song, though the only thing I would change is the beat. I would have liked to hear the song with a mid tempo beat since the last part of the track was slower. Looking forward to hearing what you send me next. 

Indie Band Guru

Overall a pretty good track. I don't love the intro, a little too "cheesy pop". The energy of the chorus is great, as is the interesting guitar work. 
Why does the video go black in the middle? Can that be edited?

Keep up with IndieBandGuru with more single releases

D Grant Smith

Enjoyable track! Loved the movement and feel. I'm curious what the rest of your album or EP sounds like. Let's talk about getting it out to more music fans. Shoot me an email (reference this Fluence review in the subject) so we can dive in together. dgrant@dgrantsmith.com. Talk soon!

SD Hox

I like the melody and the vocals (although they are a bit overwhelmed by the mix at times). Also love the guitar solo at the 2 minute mark. Sounds like it was a fun track to record.  Nice video too. Thanks for sharing!!

Souterrain Live

Hi, Thanks very much for sharing with us. Glad to hear you've set yourself goals to get all them Demo's out. I like this track. It has the right level of catchiness and gets me rocking out. I really like the synths. Good production. Maybe gets a bit cluttered in the top end of the mix with the guitars (on my lil mac speakers anyways) Maybe you need some more bottom end to the overall mix, make that kick really thump, pull that bass through. Other than that - I really like it. Cool video too. There is a bit in the middle though where it goes completely black. I'm personally not a fan of the font wiping off back to the left but hey. Good work - looking forward to the next 12 releases over the coming year. Thanks again for sharing with us! Kx

Alan Cross

This is good! And I can't say that I've seen too many visualizer-style videos. Interesting choice of percussion use, too. It adds something beyond a standard 4/4, too.  A little Linkin Parky in vibe, too. 

Since we've spoken before, have there been any developments when it comes to what you guys are doing? Any plans for applying to, say, FACTOR to advance your cause?

Meanwhile, I'll send this out on my social networks, which is now good for around 100,000 people.

Bob Lugowe

Cool song, I especially dig the leads between the verses and you guys are developing a unique sound. If you're trying to reach a bigger audience, I would work on presenting yourselves as a bigger band. Write a bio that isn't just about making demos and doing stuff in your practice space, consider hiring a publicist for a proper release and not just a new single each month, or release something physically like a 7" or cassette. You might fare better developing your whole sound and working on a smaller release instead of doing the singles approach as that's usually best for pop, hip-hop or new rock bands coming firing out the gate. You guys have talent, I just think you should focus on the music first and foremost and reach your recording / writing goals first and take it from there. 

Brian Hazard

Congrats on making 2018 the year things happen! I too am releasing a song a month, and it's not easy, but having a deadline helps.

Thanks for sharing your story! It makes me a lot more interested to watch/listen than if I'd gone in cold.

This is a really cool track! Really well produced. I feel like I'm missing some low end, but that could just be YouTube's encoding. Love the vocals and the overall energy.

Having the video drop out in the middle of the track was... interesting. I was ready to stop and rewind, but it came back in!

The ending vocal harmonies were particularly cool. Even though my followers are a bunch of Depeche Mode freaks, I'm happy to share this! Hopefully it'll get you a few more well-deserved spins.

Thanks for sharing it with me!

Andrea Young

I like your spirit (ha), and I really like the style of this track.  The track has great energy and the video nicely matches to it, although I can't look at the video for too long, its too intense.   I haven't recently been including much of this style of high octane alt rock on playlists and shows, however, please send a high quality mp3 to andrea@aspenbeat.com with 'Fluence Request - Artist Name - Title' and I'll find a place for it on upcoming theme-related or genre-related playlists and shows.  Thanks for your submission! Good luck with your music!

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Futureproof by Kaptur

Jen Dan

Wow, such a cool alternative rock tune that sonically shape-shifts from alt-rock to post-punk and even heavy rock!  The deceptively subdued intro, which I think lasts about 2 verses, sets the stage with a restrained, but still restless vibe.
The whole song suddenly and unexpectedly explodes into a fiery post-punk conflagration, with sharply reeling guitar lines and emotive male vocals.  Your voice is perfect for the rock format, but I wish I could hear the lyrics a bit more clearly.  
The rising intensity and post-punk atmospherics of the song is thrilling; those guitars, that supple tug of the bass, the dynamic rhythm of the drums - and then there's another unexpected, but calmer break before the ummm, unexpected, and heavier alt-rock ending.  So cool!  Love the song; love the stylistic surprises.  Can't wait to hear more from you!

Jeremy Schlosberg

Obviously there's a lot going on here. One listen is not going to do it justice. I like the overall vibe, and the aim for accessible complexity. There are a lot of good instrumental textures going on here as well. It sounds to me a bit more successful as an audio experience than as a song, if that makes sense. But, again, that may have to do with listening only once. I will admit I am a melody guy; what you have going on here melodically is more subtle than ear-catching. At the same time, I am also a big Radiohead fan, so I'm okay with intricacies and subtleties. One thing I am not enjoying as much here is what I'm hearing as a certain over-aggressiveness in the bottom end-- nothing wrong with that per se, it's just not what my ear tends to like. In any case,  I see that the download is available via  Pure Grain Audio. I am going to download it and I will put it into my own "consideration" folder for Fingertips. I can't say at all if I will end up featuring it -- there are a lot of songs I'm screening at the same time -- but I will definitely listen to it more than once over again, and consider it against other songs I am currently assessing. Thanks for reaching out.

Brett Napoli

Reminds me of some iconic rock bands in the 90's and early 2000's. Nice build up from the start and some cool instrumentation throughout the song. Enjoyed the last 60 seconds of the song the most. Though the song is somewhat long, it keeps you interested with the vocals and the changes in progression of the instruments. Nicely done, enjoyed it.

Liane Chan

It started out pretty good, but ended up kind of emo. The singer has an unusual accent, so I’m guessing not from the US? I liked some of the instrumentals near the 4 minute mark, the guitar riffs were memorable and the bass at the end was impressive.

John Masters

Nice production, reminds me of The Strokes a bit at first -- pretty driving, good guitar action in the middle.  I like the breakdown sort of sonic sound towards the end. Cool artwork too!

Danielle Langley

Great intro! Elements of 90s alternative comes to mind with a new edge and pure rock n’ roll. Heavy guitars, driving bass lines, and strong percussion at the end make this track a solid hit! 

Hugh McIntyre

I liked this song a lot. It was a really well-done rock tune. I think you would benefit slightly from an even better recording setup to see the final product come out even higher quality, but the music is definitely awesome.

Matt Langham

I had a lot of time for this. I enjoyed softer side of emo vocals and the propulsive, almost post-rock feel to the rhythm section that send the song skipping along and builds momentum. One criticism would be from a structural point of view - while the chorus has a good central hook, it feels from the 3/4 mark that the song really wants to kick up a level and soar, but it doesn't quite deliver on that front, even though the way it decays and collapses on itself is still interesting. Still, there's bundles of promise here. 

Indie Band Guru

Great energy that kept my attention for the whole track. Superb vocals over a hypnotizing dark beat. Love the bass tone. The guitar squeals added even another layer to the track. 
Will be shared on the IndieBandGuru socials

Lewis Lister

A little bit Modest Mouse via Radiohead & Placebo - sounds great!  This is a really well-structured track; starting out unassuming but clearly building to something, and from the transition out of the intro it just builds and builds until that intense, borderline psychadelic end section.  The only constructive feedback I have is that artwork doesn't really fit the music - looking at it I expected either some minimal House tune or maybe some Glass Animals Indie at a push.  Not necessarily a bad thing at all!  Anyway thanks for the submission - not really the right fit for our blog as we mainly cover Hip Hop, but enjoyed all the same.

Brownie Marie

Unexpected changeups and the song quickly grew on me. Would have liked to have the lyrics available -- was largely left to my imagination regarding the song's content and message (which is not necessarily a bad thing). Nice job on the production, engineering, and musicianship. 

Wiley Koepp

Intense rhythmic groove. Brings a Radiohead-meets-Foo Fighters vibe to mind. Not all intense rock, nor not entirely spacey...but enough of both to convey an appealing honesty and intensity. I want a bit more vocal and melodic range, but appreciate the straight-ahead approach of "Futureproof." This is one of the more compelling things that's crossed my path lately. Can't wait to hear a few more songs...which isn't something I say quietly to myself very often.

Lauren Gribble

I loved this song and how all of the parts fit perfectly together. There is nothing I would change about the track. Keep releasing great stuff like this and you'll do great! Adding the song to my Spotify playlist now. 

Arielle J.

I enjoyed this track quite a bit, it has a classic feel to it like it's almost the prototypical rock song. There are moments that remind me of the Foo Fighters, and moments where the vocals remind me of Death Cab for Cutie, for some reason. At times I think the levels of the vocals are a little low, particularly between the 3 and 4 minute mark. I do wish you had provided some context for the song just to get a sense of where your head is, but that would have just been a bonus. Again, I really liked this, it has good energy! At first I thought the track was a little too long, but I thought the break before the last 40 seconds or so, and the ending moments of the track, gave it nice diversity and depth.

Heather Frazier Behling

The beginning of the song wasn't my favorite. It wasn't until around 2 minutes in that I realized that I do sort of like the song. However, I love the instrumentals and tension building around 2:50 that lasts throughout the rest of the track. This would be great in a dramatic scene of a movie or show. You could really have fun making a video for this if you haven't already. 

Gianluca Abbadessa

I really appreciated this song because there's a perfect equilibrium in opposition between the voice side and the drum rhythm when it starts accelerating and growing. 
I think it's a good example of indie rock song I see suitable for today TV series for teenagers as a perfect soundtrack thanks to the mixture of obscured atmosphere this song evokes related to the adolescent problems, the rhythm as a run starting slow and get fast in the middle and the hard sound produced by the guitars.
Sincererly I didn't find something original and this is the only weakness I could notice, but I appreciated the effort to make a fresh sound suitable for the actual indie rock taste.

Steve Palfreyman

Ok, I actually freakin' love this track guys; it's not just up my alley but damn it takes you on a journey!

It's funny, somewhere between 2.40 - 3.50 or so I was thinking I'm ready for a bit of release from the tension that had been built, like the track wanted to go somewhere, and I ended up being happy it moved into that bridge and then back around in a new direction. Sometimes you want a song to take you where you want to go and other times you're even happier when it doesn't do that.

Pulling off the latter is way harder, so big kudos to really making this an interesting experience.

I love what you're doing on your social media, especially the video content, keep that up.

This will be the first track that I've received here and love enough to share on social media, great work!

Angela Mastrogiacomo

I really like this! It has such a raw energy and lots of passion in everything from the lyrics to the music. 

Rocky Mountain Radio.net

Wanted to hear what you could do after dancing in the dark.   This band can write a good song as it turns out.    Production is good quality and the performance is compelling, makes you want to keep listening.     You should make sure you get into Itunes and Spotify if you are not  there already.  They are the biggest music purveyors in the world and you arent in the game if you are not there.

Pieter Winkelaar

Very good track. Nice feel. Good production. Good work!

Nicholas Peltekakis

Again, not in my area of expertise, but this track is very good, I enjoyed it. If I heard this on the radio I would think that it was a current trending artist. Not much more I can say on this one, the sound is very complete and has a fairly unique sound design.

Nice and Loud

Excellent song!  Love the vocals and the music is polished.  Never heard of the band so hopefully the Business and Marketing side catches up with the talent side.  If you have a following look us up.  For more info visit missjnyce.com and niceandloud.com 
 
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Abdul Karim Siraji

Future proof by Kaptur sounds like a perfectly produced song.
However i feel the vocals needs to go up by 3-5 db. 
The Bass drum can also be compressed a bit more and increased by 3 db too. Over all the Bass region can be more to give it a warm feel. 
Other than that the Vocals, lyrics and music sounds quite good and would be a hit if accompanied by a great music video

Cousin Cole

Sounds great; not my type of music but it's very well produced -- maybe a little too clean for me personally to be honest. I'm going to sound like a record company type dude here, but I don't really hear a chorus.

Really like the guitar tone in the last minute... actually I'd be happy to hearthis section from 4:00 to 4:40!

Matthew Kratz

Great track! 
Here's some notes.
- Don't have the vox come in so quicly. Let the groove sink in for bit.
- The vocals don't have enough energy. I don't listen to lyrics on the first listen. The tone of the voice shoudl tell the story and I dont know what story is being told. 
- Nice change at 1:19. Add percussion
- The second verse and chorus kind of drag - nothing new, no new energy
- The section at 4:38 is the best! Play that WAY earlier. Thats your gold right there. Don't bury in the back. Open the song with that riff.

Charlie Ashcroft

This is an ambitious record with plenty of twists and turns. It builds into an experimental beast! I couldn't connect to all the lyrics particularly, but that didn't seem to matter a whole great deal in the grand scheme of things. My favourite moment was around 1:20, when the cinematic, urgent riffs kick in good and proper. I felt the industrial-esque outro may have been a fraction too long, but I applaud the process of trying something different in any case.

Shayne Locke

Great track. I would like to hear the other tracks to get a feel for the whole EP. This is totally different contrast to Dancing In the Dark. A structured approach would be needed to get you to radio. Ordinarily I wouldn't recommend sending out a cover first but I think it will have more impact and then a follow up with this or another track from your album would be great. Email me when you get a chance and we can talk about how to get some exposure for you. shayne@stmedia.me

D Grant Smith

Reminds me of Death Cab with more tempo and different textures. Catchy melody with great work on the drums (I'm a little partial to drums, ha!). This is a really sweet tune. I'm glad this has a full album with it. I'd love to dive into it on my syndicated radio show. Email me dgrant@dgrantsmith.com to talk airplay. Be sure to mention this Fluence review in the subject. Talk soon!

SD Hox

More great stuff from Kaptur. Strong vocals and a driving beat make this track standout. I really like how the song builds up in intensity...really taking off at the 1:20 mark.  The song is well produced. I would love to see the vocals even more front and center as the song progresses (at times, they get  bit lost in the mix). All in all though, this is an exciting track that I can see playing on repeat. Thanks for sharing! 

David Cox

Nice, thanks for sharing. I thought this was good and would like to see it live. I felt the vocals are buried little in production, but I dig it.

Tyler Martin

- very cool sound, unique
- like the simplicity of the album cover
- love how the song picks up around 1:45
- sounds like this would be an exciting song to see played live
- a live session could be great for exposure
- play as many shows as possible
- like how the ending slows down
- wow then picks up, nice
- great song overall
- interested in hearing more songs
- this song could work well with a cool music video
- try to get song posted on some local music blogs for extra exposure

Bob Lugowe

For starters, I would suggest including information with your submission about the artist and song along with links to check out more of your music. Right now there's no info which makes it much less likely for listeners to do their own research and look into the band. That said, I definitely enjoyed this well-produced, well-written song. Even the artwork is captivating. It's heavy but not too heavy, has great melodic leads and a driving beat throughout. I found your album on bandcamp and it looks like you've been around for awhile. If you're looking to get some more attention, make sure you're playing live as much as possible as this music is meant to be heard live. Consider hiring a publicist to help you work your next release and make a music video for one of the new songs to get it some extra attention. Best of luck!

Brian Hazard

I like this! I'd compare it to Death Cab, because I don't listen to much alternative stuff these days and don't have much of a frame of reference.

I had trouble finding the beat for awhile, hearing the snare on 4. Until it goes to double time and then it's obvious. Fwiw!

I love the drumming and the way the feel shifts throughout the song. The outro was a pleasant surprise, after I thought it was just going to end on "go to waste."

Vocals are great, and the performance is tight. Fantastic musicianship overall. I'm having trouble coming up with something critical to say. The best I can do is with my mastering hat on — it feels a little thin and lacking in lows. But hey, maybe that's what you're going for.

A couple suggestions for future Fluence submissions:

1. Include the lyrics so we can follow along. I had trouble understanding a lot of it, until I found your Bandcamp page. I was hearing "rock and roll" instead of "lock and load." The lyrics are fantastic, so showcase them! 👍🏻

2. Include a short, catchy description of the song or act that's easy to copy/paste for social media sharing. That way we don't have to strain our brain coming up with something clever, and you get to choose how you're presented to the world.

3. Some basic biographical info would be nice. I can't find anything via Google.

It's not spot on for my followers, but I'm happy to share it! Thanks for sharing it with me.

Andrea Young

We don't have a place for this, don't really play or include much of this hard driving alternative rock on playlists and shows.  Having said that, we love the energy of it, and from what we can tell, the lyrics.  Very well done, keep on!  Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music.    

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Steve Palfreyman

Nice stuff, I really dug the track! Keep in mind I give very honest feedback and I take some guesses given I don't know the context of what you're releasing, how and when etc (which would adjust my feedback). It's always tricky with this style of music; it is a packed genre and so decisions need to be made about what you want the song to do for you, which should change what you do to get it out there.

In terms of the song itself, I felt like it took a little too long to 'get somewhere' (was roughly 1.10). Which I usually love when it's a part of a body of work, but it's riskier if this is a single. I also feel like the song needed to change somewhere else too, there's definitely space for a bridge or an outro. But at the least, I'd love to see that dream beat change somewhere. A lot can be done to a listener just by creating some tension and going back.

I LOVE your main hook and how it's carried instrumentally as well, for me that's the strongest part of the song. And the outro part too was nice.

All I'm getting at here is I can hear talent oozing through this but I also feel like you're playing it a little safe. I'd love to hear what happen if you start pushing your own limits a little.

In terms of release, keep in mind your best opportunity with a song like this is to find a way to visually tell a story that ties in with the song and use that build your fan base. The song is strong enough that it deserves time spent on the visuals. I would be looking at a creative strategy that is more than just a film clip, no doubt there is a whole campaign's worth of content that you can put out to grab people's attention on line.

I say this because if you can build your fan base and set yourself up for down the track, assuming you keep pushing the boundaries with your writing it'll be hard for people not to notice you.

All in all I dig the song and I'd like to hear more of what you have. Really great stuff!

Rocky Mountain Radio.net

Distinctive sound, very simple arrangement is compelling to the listener.   Vocal is expressive and distinctive.    Generally dont like electronic arrangements but this one is good.

Sam Lipman

I LOVE IT. Dancing in the Dark is literally my favorite Bruce Spingsteen song. Here's my huge recommendation - the verses, say up to 1:09 before the chorus melody, make those just your voice and the piano - no beat needed at all. Then bring the beat in on the next verse. Love the synth arpeggio with the chorus melody. The drums do not need any reverb if/when they are there. Your voice does not need as much reverb/layering. Your voice is great and I am telling you, just vocals and piano of you doing this Springsteen cover, WOULD BE AMAZING. I strongly recommend you try a version with that arrangement and can't wait to hear it. 

Jonathan Good

Thanks again for the submission! Interesting take on a classic track, think it kind of works with a slower more chilled vibe. I'll keep it in mind for future playlists! Cheers 

Pieter Winkelaar

Nice cover. I prefer the Springsteen version, but this is done nicely.

Nicholas Peltekakis

This type of music is not in my field of expertise, but as a listener it is a competent rework, the electronic aspect to the sound brings an interesting variation to a very familiar classic.

Nice and Loud

Has a 70's Pop/ Rock familiar feel to it.  Strong vocals.  I would have selected different drums but it may work for radio.

Abdul Karim Siraji

Dancing in the Dark by Kaptur sounds very catchy and professional. 
Once again i would suggest increasing vocal levels up by 3 Db
The Reverb sound is good but needs to be automated to be in control to not over take on the overall sound.

Both the songs submitted could have a better master without distorting. 

Cousin Cole

You're covering one of my favorite songs ever, so that's an automatic plus in my book. I like that you've changed the vibe a lot; halftime works well, and the electronics sound great. I do miss the raggedness of Bruce's vocals in some parts but overall, nice one!

Matthew Kratz

Very nicely done cover. I really like the way it evolves. It sounds unique and familiar at the same time.

Here's my notes:
- The chorus can be bigger and more glorious. Maybe try adding a choir and some really uplifting saw synths. Make it feel huge.
- The drum sounds and programming are very basic. Thats ok but the sounds need to feel more present. They need to have more character. I think some M83 style drums would sound good
- There needs to be more shift from the verse to the chorus. It needs to grow into the chorus and get smaller during the verse. Try a low pass on the bass in the verse

Charlie Ashcroft

This is a beautiful cover and automatically becomes an excellent slice of heartfelt, slow-burning indie rock. Love the production and it feels like it could lend itself to a film soundtrack. The vocals are really strong too - I'll be keeping an eye / ear out for some original music from Kaptur in the future.


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