Trina N. Green
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So this is the part of the program where you ask yourself why the hell would you want to hear my opinion on anything. Now ponder that question deeply...reverently. When you're done, know that this is also the part of the program where we cut through the bullshit. I'm a US Army vet and native New Yorker (Brooklyn) who has wound up in Los Angeles, CA. How original, right? What can I say: I don't like the cold. But what I do like [read: love] is music and the one thing that I want MOST for the bands/artists who make the music that I love and believe in is for them to never have to have a day job. Unless that day job is music, of course. Why? Because music is and always has been that friend in the room all of my life. So my gig is to try to be as good a friend to it and those who make it, in return. It's not rocket science, it's just what I do. Yes, I will be honest. Maybe you'll like what I say, maybe you won't: that's up to you. Folks call me a "tastemaker": I call me a discoverer of the next great band. Social media is a playground and I make it my bitch frequently and enthusiastically because I genuinely enjoy helping artists find, engage and grow their audience. Once upon a time a little band from Las Vegas called Imagine Dragons played my birthday show at the Viper Room in 2010 because I REALLY liked them and the singer's birthday (Dan Reynolds) is the next day. I hear they've done alright since then. FYI, I love olives and Pepsi. On Saturdays at 6pm PST you can find me talking about music, life, dropping ladylike f-bombs and playing stellar tunes on the High Voltage Radio Hour on The Independent FM. No, seriously. Would I lie to you? So that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Now let's hear some tunes.
- music industry, journalism, social media, social media strategy, public speaking, music festivals, emerging artists, live events, promoting artists, promoting music, music journalism, writing, music blogging, radio hosting, interviews
- soul, indie rock, alternative, indie pop, rock, classic rock, singer/songwriter, music, pop, alternative rock, indie folk, psychedelic rock, film / video
- West Hollywood, CA
Well, this is unique. First, let's take a moment to appreciate the fact that this is all the act of one person. Moving past that, while I don't consider myself markedly knowledgable in the realm of progressive rock/metal, there's a lot to respect here, particularly because this is pretty brave work. Lyrically: gorgeous, heady and thoughtful and presenting it in spoken word format - wow. The musicality is solid but I think there's one thing that might make this song punch harder. There being some form of a sung chorus or bridge woven through verses, some vocal melody to latch onto if that makes sense. Also, perhaps warming up the sound a bit and bring it more forward could result in it sounding larger than life. Something this bold should sound so bold.
I can get behind this track. Solid indie rock appeal and musicality to my ears and my initial impression was that of a lo-fi Strokes and I'd easily listen to it again. And again which, for a song over 4 1/2 minutes long, is great. What does need to happen is step up on the production. Overall it sounds a bit tinny/hollow and at the 4 minute mark the vocals all but get buried and that's a shame. At that point in the song the vocals should be more prevalent and passionate than ever. Hope to hear more from you.
This track was all over the map as f*ck. And because of that, it actually felt longer than 3:44 minutes to me. You're dealing with a gal who has limited intel on the school of metal (tho I have willingly seen Watain live) but I can work with sound. Let's work with yours: Overall there's nothing 'bad' going on here. I love a song with dynamic and even unpredictable musical changes but here it sounded like 5 different songs stitched together into one. Same thing with the vocals: multiple personalities. Just as with the song's structure, find a vocal approach and figure it out. Nothing wrong with vocal versatility, but I think it needs to flow and I wasn't sure if you were going rock opera or straight up Dio devil horns. But maybe that's part of the beauty of the more metallic side of rock and it just eludes me.
The raw 'feel' of it being a live recording is rather attractive; makes the song feel more connective and urgent. At the same time I'd be interested to hear a recorded version for - if this makes sense - more warmer, full bodied tones from the music. Overall, it's a good track. If anything I would tweak, it's the occasional sharpness in the vocals. I also listened to "Call Me An Angel" and dug it. BTW, your description says it was recorded "on the 14th of December 2015." Time travel, much:-)?
Appreciate the submission. I very much like the song's intro; it holds a promise of the song that, for the most part, I think it delivers on. This is solid AC to indie rock in structure although at 4+ minutes it does plods along, somewhat. But being that the overall feel and theme of the song is hopeful and optimistic, and in a live setting I can see this really moving a crowd. Vocally, in places it sounds as if you're reaching a little higher in range than necessary. Something lower might yield a warmer and easier to manage tone without sacrificing any emotional quality. As far as the video goes, the scenery is great but there was no connection to the song. It would be more effective if it were performance based or translated the lyrics more.
There are a few things going on here (for me): First: When I'm listening to something/someone for the first time, I honestly prefer audio only (instead of video) in order to not be distracted/influenced by what I think of the sound. That said, there's always the sensory jolt of when the physical image of a singer doesn't necessarily jive with the perception of the voice. I love it when those two things DON'T match because it shatters another tiny corner of peoples' beliefs. I read nothing about you, just clicked 'play' and initially thought (assumed) British soul singer (it's a thing, you know), retro in sound fashion, particularly due to the McCartney-like vocal tones: cue another shattered belief. And that's not a bad thing. You've tapped into that sound that is really familiar and welcoming, funky and soulful with punch. The musicianship and song structure are solid and fairly flexible. Love the character of your voice; a few aspects of delivery could be tighter and maybe at 4:42 minutes the song runs a wee bit long. A song like this should be all "hit it and quit it."
This is a great video. Sleek and concise and my reaction was to want to learn more even though I'm already here. Possible subsequent Fluence videos: POV/testimonials from creators and curators; not just about the function and functionality of Fluence, but also about how it creates and builds relationships between and among its users. Invite
Not gonna lie: I felt like I should be wearing platform shoes and taking an acid trip. All while wearing fancy pants. The production is interesting: percussion seems mixed unusually high but it works. It's the echoing, spacey and psychedelic and retro flavor that is impressive and extremely groovy. I'd like to hear more.