Raymond Flotat

Raymond Flotat


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Raymond Flotat

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Music and Entertainment Magazine
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Interested in the best in new music, films, games and TV, regardless of genre.
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music industry, music tech, music marketing, music writing, music writing / blogging, music journalism, music curation, music blogging
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rap, hip-hop, indie rock, alternative, indie pop, metal, hard rock, heavy metal, punk, hardcore, rock, electronic, folk, singer/songwriter, electronica, pop, alternative rock, country, techno, industrial, photography, indie electronic
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Jay Bonaparte submitted media.

Lost Cause by PARAGⴲN CAUSE

Raymond Flotat

Thanks very much for the submission! Generally really liked this through and through. Only really have one note on this track. For whatever reason, the drum machine usage here doesn't seem to be helping the song. Not so much the sequencing nor patterns that are the problem with them, this particular style of drum machine sounds just doesn't seem to match the vibe of the rest of the song. I would recommend either trying a different flavor/style of drum machine or re-recording the drums for this one with a live drummer. For this particular track I think live drums would really help.

natalie bancroft submitted media.

Haus am See by Natalie Bancroft

Raymond Flotat

Great song! Mein Deutsch ist nicht gut, so I can't comment too much on the lyrical delivery here. Though, I will say, a really good cover. Great production and performance overall. I normally would have some very specific notes on how to try to really bring the best out of the song, but I have little to add to this. It's pretty solid throughout without much need for modification. The only note I think I can come up with here is that the song might be just a smidge too long. Without some kind of powerful emotional payoff to the ending, it feels like maybe it would be good to have it end just a little bit earlier than it does. Other than though, great all the way through. Thanks very much for the submission! 

Michael Schwartz submitted media.

Scarecrow by The Tale

Raymond Flotat

I have no idea what the white suits have to do this, but I really like the song! No real notes or modifications I can suggest--which is a rarity for sure for me. Really like the song and the video. Reminds me of something between The Presidents of United States of America and NOMEANSNO. Great, bratty punk track. Thanks very much for the submission!

Michael Soiseth submitted media.

Cowboy Song by Raygun Carver

Raymond Flotat

Thanks so much for the submission. Really liked this song. Quite pleasant, charming and fun. Soothing too. Usually I have a lot more feedback and/or suggestions, but I don't really have a lot about this that I would say is necessary to change. Pretty solid song through and through. Only thing I would suggest is that perhaps it could be just a little shorter? There's nothing bad about the song in any way, but for me it just feels like being a tad shorter would really help etch this one in the listener's mind. Thanks again for sending the song!

S.T.R.A.P submitted media.

Replenish by S.T.R.A.P

Raymond Flotat

Thanks so much for your submission. Good song and good story overall. Just really only have one suggestion regarding this song. I think in my opinion the instrumentation/music/production here just goes a little too long without any dynamic range. Not to say that it's monotonous, because it's not that for sure, but it does seem to go on without any alterations in melody or tempo. Just a little too repetitive. I think this song would really be helped by having some derivation in musical accompaniment to go along with the verses and choruses of the song. Good song otherwise! Thanks!

Andrii Romashkin submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

Thanks so much for your submission. Have to say, not sure how to place this song in comparison with most things I'm familiar with, but I really like it. Really interesting and unique track. I don't really have any feedback of any significance to provide here--which is truly unusual for me on this service--as I think it's pretty rock solid. I will say for my part not knowing the language the vocals are in, I can't comment on the lyrics or be able to provide any estimation of the lyrics delivery. That being said though, think it's great music. Thanks again!

Giuseppe Greco submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

Thanks very much for the submission. So, admittedly not the kind of song I personally like--it's a bit too poppy for me--but outside of that it's a well-constructed song. I usually have lots of feedback in terms of possible improvements, but I really don't here. There's little I think could be changed for what this is. It's likely a good fit for pop music fans that need something straightforward and fun. Likely to be a hit!

G P submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

Thanks very much for the submission. So a good song overall. Little I would suggest in terms of feedback there as it's pretty straightforward and solid. Might be worth trying a few different vocal takes to experiment with different expressive range just to really get a sense of permutations and how that may or may not improve the song. The problem for me here is the video is a bit too shaky. I'm actually not one ever bothered by shaky cam footage, but this, even though I love the idea and how it looks was almost too shaky to watch. Kind of was giving me a headache. It might be worth trying the whole thing again with some kind of steadycam apparatus to film it? I know that some people I know wouldn't be able to watch the video at all they're so sensitive to shaky footage. Thanks!!

tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

Under My Sun by Tiphanie Doucet

Raymond Flotat

Good song! Thanks very much for the submission. So in direct response to your query here about advice for your career here's what I would have to say. I can see the vocal comparison to Norah Jones (in a good way, it's reminiscent but doesn't sound like you're copying her). I think this is a very good song. Pleasant to listen to, sweet and well sung. I think it's good, but I don't think it will stay with listeners or become catchy in the long-run. With a solid production, good voice and lyrics, really the most important component is one really memorable song. Any style of music can work, but it always come down to one song forcing its way into people's brains and insisting on staying there. That's I think the best thing for you in your career here. It'd be worth taking all the time necessary to try to find / create at least one song that has that kind of effect on listeners. If you can find that, things will come together quickly for you. Thanks again for the submission!

G P submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

Good song. There's one thing bothering me about it. Hard to pinpoint, but it feels like the vocals are too loud in the mix? Almost like the bass is turned up too loud? Feels like it's overpowering the rest of the music. Might be good to try a few different mixes of the song and see how they feel. Would also suggest trying a few different slightly altered vocal takes. Might be good to try to some slight variations and see how different approaches feel. Thanks very much for the submission!

C O S M I C O submitted media.

Every Week Or So by C O S M I C O

Raymond Flotat

Thanks very much for the submission. Sounds like a good song overall. Instrumentations, atmospherics and arrangements are all really good. It's hard to pinpoint the exact thing I'm thinking here, but it sounds like one aspect could use improvement: the verse vocals. Quite specifically the approach to them. Not to say they're in any way bad, but it's kind of speak-singing. It almost feels like that treatment during those portions of the song don't quite fit everything else that's working so well here. It might be worth trying a few different approaches to the vocals on the verse sections. The chorus vocals and any other vocals are all good and all work. Just feels like a different approach during the verses would really help this song. Thanks!

Ralf Muller submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

Good song. I don't have much to offer in the way of feedback (which is rare for me). I like the style, production and ultimately the payoff of the song. Only thing I would say is that I don't love the chorus lyric "I can't get the hell out of me." The melody is fine, but something about the words just don't ring out special enough. Obviously the song/video is far past the point of being reworked in any way judging by this video, but that would be my only note for improvement.

submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

Thanks so much for your submission here. This song and accompanying video are obviously well produced and fully formed, so some of the feedback I'd ordinarily render here is not as valid. My biggest notes here are this will be a challenge to market outside the U.K. It's a good song and there's little that I would suggest modifying about it. However, rock fans in the USA and other territories are nothing if not finicky. There's a narrow view of what rock should sound like from any given rock fan, and this particular approach to it is reminiscent of what hard rock sounded like in the early 2000s. There's nothing wrong with that, but many rock fans might find it too hard/heavy or, conversely, not heavy enough. Might want to try to build steam with it through comparable channels where music fans are already vibing to bands of a similar sonic resonance. Thanks again for the submission!!! Good luck!

Stephen Presley submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

Another fun song. Really can hear the David Gilmour influence on this one. Great guitar work. I think my comments here would be the same as the previous submission. Great song and production over all, just feel like having a singer added to the mix would really help this one. The greater challenge is what kind of vocalist and who would mesh well with what's hear, but it really feels like the right vocals here could really make this one special. Thanks for the submission!

Rodney Warner submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

Great song! It's rare that I don't have some form of feedback to offer, but this is one of those rare instances. Generally just like this song. Nothing I would really suggest changing. Seems like a fun throwback to the vintage early '90s industrial sound. Thanks for the submission!

Stephen Presley submitted media.

Bridge by SP Presley

Raymond Flotat

Fun song. My main thoughts here are that this song--while nary a thing technically wrong with it--almost cries out for a singer to be in the mix. It's a solid composition in a retro style, but it feels like there really should be a vocalist here helping pull this all together. Or, maybe a larger song written around it with this being an interlude.

In direct answer to the questions you asked:
-	Does this song catch your interest in any way?  How? 
Yes. From a point of technical skill it's satisfying to listen. Good guitar playing and arrangement that reminds me of early Boston or Journey albums.
-       Would you want to hear other songs on the EP after hearing this one? 
Yes, but lacking a vocalist I would likely personally not seek them out. Instrumental rock is great, but for me, I generally prefer fully instrumental songs like this in small doses.
-	Would you be interested in seeing SP Presley live after hearing this song? 
Not me personally, though I don't doubt the band would put on a great show.
-	Can you see this song be played on Pandora or other streaming sites? 
Absolutely! There's still a huge demand for songs like this out there but not a lot of ct ontemporary artists trying to do this.
-	Are there any aspects of the song that don’t work or need improvement? 
Only what I mentioned above is that it almost feels like this song would benefit from having vocals on it too. Otherwise, it's a great song!

Thanks so much for the submission!

Tom Crowell submitted media.

Even by The Pulltops

Raymond Flotat

Thank you for the submission! So my thoughts here are kind of in a different direction than usual. There's a skeleton of a good song in here, but I don't think this formulation quite does it justice. I think the main staccato guitar chord melody doesn't seem to fit the lyrics, vocal melody and other instrumentation. That treatment for the guitars almost sounds as if meant for something triumphantly epic. Almost like a protest anthem. It doesn't match the flow of everything else here. It's not bad by any means, but it just doesn't gel perfectly. I would suggest trying a different approach for that segment. Perhaps something that flutters delicately more in line with the vocals?

Tom Crowell submitted media.

Closer by The Pulltops

Raymond Flotat

Good song. I actually have very little feedback on this. Normally there's lot I might have to say, but I think the structure, melodies and arrangements are all solid. It's a nice, pleasant song with a very classic U2 vibe. My only note is, it might be worth taking a few more stabs at recording the lead vocal track. I don't think the performance is weak or the voice doesn't carry the tune right. But something is just off. Maybe just a bad take? Or a bad mix on the take? Somehow it feels like it's just not quite perfect in line with what the song can be. I would suggest trying a few more stabs at recording it to see if any takes can really make this pop. There's a great song in here. 

Tom Crowell submitted media.

When I Was Young by The Pulltops

Raymond Flotat

I really like this. It's rare that I don't have lots to say in terms of feedback. I generally don't have much to add or offer as possible changes. Generally, I think this is just a good song pound for pound. Small tiny little things might be the vocal delivery on the last 2 words leading into the guitar solo. Also, a little bit of a variation to really bring relief to the outro might help cement the song. But all in all, those are small critiques against a solid song. The bigger question--which might be outside the aim of the Fluence mechanism--is what audience this is aimed for. What qualifies as rock and what can be successful as rock varies literally from year to year. Rock fans can be notoriously picky about they construe as "cool" right now. I can't say if this is aimed for a mainstream audience (it may not be) whether it fits that super narrow notion of "cool" with rock fans right now. I will say, it's a great track one way or the other! Thanks for the submission.

submitted media.

Money by Blake Preston

Raymond Flotat

Thanks very much for the submission! So for me this is a like it, but not a love it. It's a good song overall, but there are some things in the treatment that just don't click for me. I think lyrically I like very much what the song is about and aiming for. My biggest concern is that this song feels a bit of another era. If this song was released in the mid '90s, I think it might have been a surefire hit. I'm worried in this day and age, this might not be the style of music that hipper fans nowadays would respond to. That's not a crack on the quality, but this is peppy and poppy, not arty cool, or banging party music. Not necessarily a need to change it--not suggesting changing your stylistic artistic preference--but it's more a matter of what audience you're aiming for. If you're looking for wider spread appeal it might be good to angle for some kind of edge to the treatment of the song. 

Phil Loft submitted media.

Adore by Phil Loft

Raymond Flotat

Thanks for the submission Phil. So I don't have really much in the way of negative feedback for you on this song. The verses and choruses all work for me. It makes sense as a general ebb-and-tide of a song. There are a couple of things I would suggest in terms of tweaking/improving to make this even better though. Unless my ears deceive me, there's a decently heavy dose of reverb applied to the vocal treatment. I would try dialing that back a bit. Maybe not removing it altogether, but I would try reducing it. Secondly, the electronics that come in near the end of the chorus, I would like to hear a little more of that. It's a nice touch, and definitely helps for texture in the song, but a little more of that would take it from a subtle effect into making this a song with crossover possibility. Thanks again!

chasbo zelena submitted media.

The Claw by Chasbo Zelena

Raymond Flotat

Enjoyed this. Fun, twangy and upbeat song. Not too long, not too short. Not much I would suggest in terms of changes (which is a good thing). Generally seems like the kind of song that would play well live. Only feedback I really have--which probably doesn't matter--is how the video is connected to the song wasn't apparent to me. I kept expecting to see the people in the video pantomiming the song, but it doesn't look like what they were singing was at all the song. Otherwise, good fun!

Christian Lizardi submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

Great track. Real tight, short, effective and to the point. Love the beat. Love the production and the sound effects. A fun, glitchy track that makes good use of menacing energy. I only have one note for improvement. I'm not sure how to label it because I don't think it was meant to be a chorus, but the brief intermission before the second verse starts. Just didn't fit or work for me. But everything else was great, and loved the honest tackling of the subject matter. Thanks for the submission!

Evan Tyler submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

Wow. Crazy track! Glitchy (in a good way) as hell. Given the chaotic nature of the tune, it could be demanding for casual listeners or one not really already immersed in experimental hip-hop or electro. That being said I like the track a lot and it's wacky and unexpected in a way that helps keeps it engaging. My only note really is that the song seems to go on a little longer than it should. Maybe 30 seconds or so more than feels comfortable? Otherwise a lot of fun in the vein of classic Buck 65 as a madcap track.

Sim Balkey submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

I like this. It's rare that I don't have some kind of feedback for improvement. I wouldn't change much of anything here. Just a smooth, relaxing country song. Good harmonies and some pleasant melodies. I see this song as something about 3 or 4 songs into a live set. Something that cements momentum, but it's not the big triumphant showstopper. That might be my only feedback here--because otherwise it's a great track--just maybe not a song to use as a lead single. Thanks for the submission!

Black Snak submitted media.

Bad Beat by Black Snak

Raymond Flotat

Sorry for the delay in reviewing this one. Was away at SXSW and am catching up now. 

Excellent to get a quality rock submission here on Fluence. Love the riffs, love the rhythm section. Great song overall. Generally really like the aggressive framework balanced against the sedate vocal delivery. Would suggest trying to have a variant in one of the choruses having the vocals either sing out or sing the chorus differently to provide for some contrast. Additionally, might be fun to try using a limited amount of delay on the vocals or flanger on the vocals to add to the effect of the contrast (much like Youth from Killing Joke often does). Wouldn't drown it in effects, but would be nice to try it that way to see how it gels. Great stuff!

Dashal Beevers submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

Good song. Honestly, the most confusing part about this one is who the artist particularly is. Is John's Song the band behind this sampling Dr. Demartini? Is it the Dr. himself that made this song using his own speech? Not a huge deal truly, but found myself unsure even after reading all the notes below.

Song itself is good, and I like the values/opinions it's expressing about loving yourself/believing in yourself. It's a good message. The musical backdrop for the speech works as a whole. My only note would be the lyrics in the chorus. "Love is love is love," just feels not quite right. Not so much that it's unfinished, but it just doesn't ring out as a solid point, statement for aphorism. Would suggest trying a few different lyrical choices there. Good song otherwise! 

Billy Wild submitted media.

Miley's Virus by Glenn Gould vs Miley Cyrus

Raymond Flotat

Really like this. At first wasn't sold on the ultra syncopated hi-hat drum machine pattern, but it really clicked later in the song when the elements came back together. Like the last one of these submitted, this is a really fun mash-up. Almost wish there was more of Gould's piano featured prominently in the song. Though, that's probably a good thing as I definitely wanted more. Great submission!

John Mondick submitted media.

Forgotten Lights by Birds Over Arkansas

Raymond Flotat

Thanks very much for the submission. Reading your primer below and the details on what you're going for sonically was a great help. Good to know what you were aiming for here. I can greatly appreciate anyone who is trying to infuse oddity and creativity into what can be a banal genre, singer-songwriter. There's a smoothness here that works well (like Great Lake Swimmers). It's soothing and sweet but not boring. The change-up in the song is definitely everything you're going for here. Something in the melody in the finale just isn't quite there. The idea is strong and the change-up works, but the vocal melody might be worth experimenting with more until it really jumps off the page. If that could happen, you'd have something mega special here. Also, would be good to add in some flourishes earlier on in the song to hint at what's to come.

Ralina PR submitted media.

I Saw Momma by Emii

Raymond Flotat

This is good overall. The difficulty I have with it, is knowing the original song well. This makes some interesting choices changing up tempo and melodic arrangement. But if you know the original, it's hard to forget the standard way the chorus is sung. There's nothing wrong with this arrangement, but it's impossible to forget the standard approach. Otherwise, singing is good, production sounds good and it's short and sweet.

Bo Haan submitted media.

Undefined by Bo Haan

Raymond Flotat

Thanks for the submission. Overall, I like the song. It's fun without being saccharine and smooth without being corny. I like the arrangements and the horns used throughout. My only note truly is on the chorus. There's something about the delivery that just doesn't explode off the page. I think there's potential for the song to do so though. I would encourage you try iterating the song's chorus as many ways as you can think to tinker with variations. Try it slower, try it different in different verses. It's not about over singing it, but just finding the way that it really makes the song pop. Definitely worth continuing to workshop the song more to try to make it outstanding.

Michael Ige submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

Overall, a good song. Nice, sweet and pleasant. I wouldn't go so far as to call it incredible, but I wouldn't change the station if I heard the song or run out of the room when it was playing. Soothing, and sweet. My biggest feedback is actually for the video. I think it would be better rather than having the green screen with the montage of locations in the backdrop, have shot the band sitting at one location and intercut footage of the performance with video of the various locations. Good song!

Robert Watts submitted media.

These Fine Moments Patience by TheseFineMoments

Raymond Flotat

Thanks for the submission. Overall I like it. Production is good. Musicianship is good. Harmonies are good. Even like the sparse drumming and basswork that slowly creep in. The two singers sound good together. Video doesn't add much, but it's the song that rings out anyway. The biggest problem I can see is while everything is pleasant and enjoyable, the chorus isn't memorable enough. It's not exactly forgettable, but it doesn't give the song the "pop" it needs to become truly something that the listener would need to hear again and again. Think it's worth the time tinkering with it to make it pop more. A little bit melodically there could make for a great song overall. 

Lauren Ray submitted media.

Lauren Ray by Lauren Ray

Raymond Flotat

Overall I think is a really good song. Nothing too heavy handed or saccharine, just a nice, sweet song with a simple enough payoff. Truthfully, I don't have much I would recommend in terms of changes to the song, which is very rare for me. The one thing I would point out is might be better not to have what sounds like synthesized violins in the last bars of each chorus. The sound clashes there, and while it seems to be aiming to drive home the poignancy of the motif, they don't sound real, so it becomes a little distracting. Believe it or not, would actually recommend something there that intentionally sounds like a synth more than a synth trying to sound like a string section. Even that would probably help a lot. Otherwise, great song though!

Sleep Status submitted media.

Sick Exposure by Sleep Status

Raymond Flotat

Overall, this is a pretty solid industrial-esque song. Where it goes, and how it flows through works given the general tenets of the genre. As it progresses, it's memorable and decently fun. The biggest negative, is that it opens with a pretty generic riff. That's not so bad as the other elements are ladled into the mix, but to come right in on something that doesn't really ring as unforgettable is always a bad idea. Something that stands out further could take this from being a good song to an excellent song. Thanks for the submission!

Billy Wild submitted media.

Sexy Bach by Glenn Gould vs Justin Timberlake

Raymond Flotat

Really fun mashup. Don't really have much in the way of feedback as there's little here I think that could be improved. Fun use of the Glenn Gould material, even if the segment becomes a little repetitive. Generally though, it really succeeds as a blending of the two points of source material. Fun and engaging and dance-y to a point--enough to invoke the danceable merits of the Timberlake track--but without resorting to four-to-the-floor nonsense. Great work!

Todd Michael Schultz submitted media.

Hotel by Todd Michael Schultz

Raymond Flotat

Overall I like the song, but I think it still needs a little more work. The chorus is the best part and sounds ultimately clean, memorable and professional. However, the verses are the part where I think the most need for improvement is. On one level, the 2nd and 3rd verses seem to go on a bit too long. The added backing vocal flourishes are nice, but they would both benefit by taking the listener back to the hook just a little quicker. Furthermore, the lyrics in the verses could use a little more work. It's not that they are trite or embarrassing (which is a good thing), but some of the end rhymes are a bit predictable. It almost feels like a rhymed stream of consciousness. Would suggest taking a little more time to try and rework them a bit. It doesn't need to be startling and shocking, but a little less predictable in the word play would go a long way here.

Andy Palmer submitted media.

Raymond Flotat

Thanks for the submission! First off, song immediately reminded me of MC 900 Ft Jesus (which is a very good thing). Solid groove, solid cadence and a background arrangement that never chokes off the focus on the lyrical flow. The instrumentation pays off well as it heads to the final verse/outro. Harmonica solos are always best when used sparingly like it is here. The only negative I can find is that the pre-chorus or chorus (not sure it's really meant to be one, but it serves as the divider between versus in the first 2 minutes) doesn't deliver the pay-off the rest of the song sets up. Almost seems too subdued when for the rolling patient tension the rest of the song grows, it should be more of a release. Even a set 10-second brief melody that feels like more a release would be better, and would really tie together the anticipation both for it and the successive versus.

Not sure this site is the best place to comment on a video itself. If so though, it's a super bizarre intro to the artist. I enjoyed it, and it's tone and imagery, but given that the video starts with the artist kind-of bug-eyed and acting strangely, it might turn people off right at the onset. Not that I think it's a bad video, just wanted make these visuals be the first anyone sees the artist.

Thanks!

ray