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Re: VGF Listening Club: THE RETURN

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Post by Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds » Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:23 am

"Sober" HYO
Dancey dancey goodness, easy to listen to, though not something which really sticks with me since it's pretty genre-predictable, but that's okay. It's definitely a track I would add to a playlist for hanging out or cleaning, since it's pleasant, boppy, and has a good vocalist.

"Strapped" A$AP Twelvvy
There's definitely honesty to this song and a surprisingly calm smoothness. I wouldn't normally associate that kind of relaxed feeling with an otherwise quite serious rap song, but this one is showing both readily.

"Canal St" A$AP Rocky featuring Bones
I like the groove to this song a lot, it's got that special Something some rap songs have which appeals to me. I haven't figured out what that Something is, but it's present here, and I'm on board to listen to this one a few more times.

"I" Taeyeon featuring Verbal Jint
The melodies and progression make the theme of being freed pretty evident, even without translating the lyrics. I can see how it would become a meaningful song to anyone needing that sense of escape.

"California" Grimes
This actually comes across as quite saccharine, and by extension, dishonest to me. Obviously not the same thing everyone will take from the track, but I just can't find the sense of what's genuine in here.

Thanks for the songs, Bomby! I'm going to be replaying Canal St a bunch now. :D

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Re: VGF Listening Club: THE RETURN

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Post by Deepfake » Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:30 am

1. HYO - "Sober"

This is actually a pretty nice song, it has a nostalgic kind of tone to the vocals and melodic progression that communicates a more subtle emotion that is less common in pop overall. Great voice, good human element, nice presence and a video with a heavy sense of reminiscence



2. A$AP Twelvyy - "Strapped"

Track has a very 90's vibe to it. I like the ambient melodics mixed very wide with the hard but narrow beat elements. The scale and reverb with extra vocal elements remind me of a period and style in music that has definitely been missing from life. Similar feelings of nostalgia for me on this one.


3. A$AP Rocky f/ Bones - "Canal St"

Another rap track with a lot of big space chamber reverb mixed out, strong narrow beats. The production gives this track a great sort of presence. The melodics in this track are minimal and supporting for the most part but the soft piano and choral sounds with occasional bell-like textures fill out the feeling well. Good pitch and consistency overall, keeps the energy consistent. The lyrics are bragging but the tone has it feeling pleading, and keeps a bit more grounded, sombre.


4. Taeyeon f/ Verbal Jint - "I"

This one has a strong vocal mix. The tone is more positive/warm and the drums are wider with more distinct individual instrumentation than the previous tracks you've included. The militaristic snare/drum track actually helps keep it not feeling too kitsch or overstated. The reverb and spacials of the guitar tracks, etc, are all working to keep the instruments feeling restrained, with the top end obviously more subdued on the backing instruments. That sense of fighting against restraint is pretty strong through the whole song, and the visual settings of working in a cafe, etc, all seem to function together to communicate a clear idea of the singer enjoying a struggling life, even before the lyrics fully establish that theme to my distracted mind.

5. Grimes - "California"

The spacials in this track differ a bit in that the beat is mixed somewhat fat, dry, and features more promenantly in the mix than the other elements. The bass synth is similarly very strong in this one, with a warm tone and scale. The scale and the excitement of the supporting melodics keep the song feeling very positive and lighthearted unlike the others on the list, while the lyrical message is distinctly simpler, more accessible. The vocals have a noticeable bit of harmonic distortion which also keeps the texture matching the rest of the track. Overall a nice track, with a kind of exuberance that certainly matches the theme of 'California' - very popcorn in quality, but not in a particularly bad way. It's the sort of thing that is good for a one-off listen, but with much rotation would probably wear on the listener's patience. Thankfully, I can have a listen to it and be a bit charmed as it suits my mood for now, without having to suffer it staying past its welcome.


Thanks so very much for sharing these, Bomby, your taste stands out and honestly this list helps me feel that there's still something new for me to think about in the music world. My top choices on the list would probably be "Sober" and "Strapped" but that's just if I had to choose. I think "Strapped" edges out "Canal St" for me just a bit for having a bit of a more sombre and natural feeling to it.
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Re: VGF Listening Club: THE RETURN

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Post by Booyakasha » Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:47 pm

I'm dropping out. Don't really have the time for this just now. Sorry.
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Post by Deepfake » Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:32 am

No problem by me, sorry you don't have the time hombre.
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Post by Deepfake » Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:13 am

@Calamity Panfan we moving on?
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Re: VGF Listening Club: THE RETURN

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Post by Calamity Panfan » Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:08 pm

Yup.

My thoughts on Bomby's songs:

1. HYO - Sober: When I heard the beat i was thinking this was gonna be very Chainsmokersy bleh-EDM type stuff, but I dug this. I like HYO's voice and while the style of production isn't my favorite in the pop world, it works really well and is very catchy. Also her dancing is wonderful.

2. A$AP Twelvyy - Strapped: I thought the album this was on was just "okay" overall but this was probably the best track on the album. I LOVE P on the Boards' beat here. It's so damn smooth and that Sampha sample rules. Sampha should be sampled on every song. Just some classic-sounding New York ****.

3. A$AP Rocky feat. Bones - Canal St.: A.L.L.A. was such a huge growth in Rocky as a whole and I think this is one of the best tracks that exemplifies that. This wouldn't sound out of place at all on Live.Love.A$AP. but everything from Rocky's voice and flow to the production just sounds more honed in. Very good stuff.

4. Taeyon feat. Verbal Jint - I: This sounds absolutely triumphant. Taeyon's vocals are absolutely killer here. Like others I can see how this could be inspiring even before you translate the lyrics into English. And again, what a damn voice.

5. Grimes - California: You're absolutely on the money describing this as "abormally normal" compared to Grimes' other stuff. This is downright accessible (but again like you said, probably not the best introduction to her). It's a nice little song, and I like how she delivers "CAAAAAAALIFORNIA" but overall it does very little for me. I definitely prefer when Grimes just gets weird with things.

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Post by Marilink » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:57 am

On it! Too busy today with christmas concerts to dedicate the time, but tomorrow I will get a list of 5 up for y’all

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Post by Marilink » Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:29 am

All right here we go

1. The Arcadian Wild - Leila


I'm not sure what this band is up to, as it seems they haven't released anything new in a while, but boy I hope they do. Their folk tunes are just so well-done. I love their instrumentation and arranging abilities, and their vocals are always on-point. This song in particular is a favorite of mine. Most of their songs are more pensive than this; this is definitely on the up-beat end of their spectrum. But the words are still heartfelt and the music is so bouncy and inviting. I love the line "I'd like you not to leave"--it's not begging or guilt-tripping, it's just telling it like it is. I'd prefer you to stay, but if you go, hey, that's up to you. That midwestern sensibility speaks to me.

2. Chance the Rapper - Work Out


I love Chance in general, but this song in general just has such a good vibe to it. Very positive, all around. Even if I can't relate to the song specifically, the general optimism and forward-progress that the song advocates really get me in a good mood.

3. CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share


I used to say that Death Cab for Cutie was my favorite band. They're still my #2, but they have since been replaced by CHVRCHES. I love Lauren Mayberry's voice so much, and their style really appeals to someone like me who loves video game music but also normal people music. While I love their 2nd and 3rd albums a whole bunch, possibly more than their 1st, I don't think the band has ever produced one single song better than their first big hit, The Mother We Share. You may have heard it before and maybe I should have branched out to find something new, but, also, no

4. FamilyJules7x and Insaneintherain music


Since most of what I listen to day-to-day is video game music, typically as background music as I do work or homework, I thought I should reflect that in this list. These are two of my favorite YouTube cover artists, both of whom I've posted in various places on this forum in the past. FamilyJules7x does metal covers, and also has been included on some original music projects for guys like Danny Baranowsky (if you're familiar with the Crypt of the Necrodancer soundtrack, Jules is the guitarist that plays in the Hot Side of World 3). Insaneintherain does excellent jazz covers--for his solo work, please check out what he did with Brinstar Red Soil and also the New Wave Bossa Nova. The guy is a wunderkind. But I thought this collaboration was excellent, and also exhibits the music from my favorite game soundtrack of 2018, Octopath Traveler.

5. Lena Raine - Scattered and Lost (Celeste OST)


And now for an OST, which is definitely my second-favorite soundtrack of the year, Celeste. While Octopath Traveler is a wonderful collection of music, Celeste is a phenomenal game soundtrack. Man, this game is good. Game of the Year 2018. This particular track is progressive as you hit certain checkpoints in the level, and it seamlessly transitions from movement to movement depending on what you've accomplished in-game. The track in isolation will build every minute-and-a-half or so, but imagine the dynamic music change as you play the game when you listen. Every time a new instrument is added to the loop, you've hit another checkpoint in the level.

So that's my list! My music taste isn't quite as adventurous as y'all, and sometimes I feel like it's pretty pedestrian compared to what all my friends are into, but I hope you like what I picked out!

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Post by Valigarmander » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:33 am

I don't think I've heard much music like "Leila" before, and I'm honestly not sure what to make of it. Really catchy, though.

I liked "Work Out" a lot. I really dig the optimism. It's kind of odd how a lot of the music I listen to is moody or negative, yet the rap I enjoy most is positive and upbeat.

"CHVRCHES" sounds familiar to me; I think I might've had them recommended to me in the past, but didn't find anything I really liked when I sampled some of their songs. But "The Mother We Share" is really great, maybe my favorite song that you've posted. Got a really nice sound to it.

"Alfyn's Theme" might be tied with the previous song for my fav. I've never played Octopath Traveler and haven't heard much of its music, but man, good sax just makes me melt.

Celeste is another game I've never played, but that song is jammin'. I might have to check out the rest of the soundtrack.

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Post by Bomby » Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:51 pm

The Arcadian Wild - Leila
Listened to it twice. Not something I would normally listen to, but I found myself really enjoying the cello in the background. I had to go read the lyics - which are quite lovely - because both times I listened to it, I was focused on the cello.

Chance the Rapper - Work Out
As far as my taste in music goes, I kind of put Chance in the category of "artists I want to like more than I actually do" along with Childish Gambino. Though, unlike Gambino, I actually do like a decent amount of Chance's music. I think this is the kind of song I would probably like more if I were in the situation described. As my life is right now, it's not really my thing, though some of the humor did make me smile.

CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share
I love this song so much. I remember first hearing this song at work when I was in quite a bit of misery. I had to go to the stock room to type the lyrics into my phone so I could look it up later. There's a certain cathartic "painfulness" reflected in both the melody and lyrics. It probably spoke to me because at the time, I was quite miserable. Crappy job. Unrequited love. So on and so forth and things of that nature. 2013. A very memorable. Having way too much time on my hands. Ups and downs, man. Ups and downs. I love it.

FamilyJules7x and Insaneintherain - Alfyn's Theme
The tone of the saxophone is lovely. Even with the live instrumentation, it captures that classic Squaresoft JRPG tone. Just the melody captures the feeling of a hero setting off on a long journey. Which is fitting, because Octopath Traveler is a very, very long journey.

Lena Raine - Scattered and Lost
I love Celeste and its soundtrack so much. I was actually playing it this morning. Seriously. If the world is unfortunate enough for me to reproduce and have a daughter, I would name her Madeline Celeste. It's an artistic achievement that goes beyond any one part of the game. I found myself engrossed in the plot of a 2D platformer. I love how this particular composition travels the emotional gamut of relaxation and stress, happiness and misery, triumph and setbacks. Perseverence.

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Re: VGF Listening Club: THE RETURN

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Post by Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds » Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:00 am

"Laila" The Arcadian Wild
I don't really know what I think of this one, it's well outside my usual scope of genre. The performers are clearly skilled at what they're doing, though, and it seems like quite a genuine style to them which is super cool!

"Work Out" Chance the Rapper
A nicely positive tone and easy to listen to track, something to just chill and nod along to, especially as there's a certain sense of realism behind the optimism. Like, yeah, things can go badly at times, but it's going to be alright in the end. Good stuff, I like it.

"The Mother We Share" CHVRCHES
Not sure if I've ever heard these people before, though I've seen the name around plenty. There are likeable qualities to this song, nice vocalist, but also doesn't quite catch my attention. I listened to this twice because I tuned it out a bit the first time around.

"Alfyn's Theme" cover FamilyJules7x and Insaneintherain
Soundtrack instrumentals are super not my thing. Well-practised musicians, but, you know, it's a soundtrack instrumental. I got nothing. XD

"Scattered and Lost" Lena Raine
...Yeah okay but then this track goes and makes a liar out of me by being absolutely boss? Awesome piece, dynamic, emotive, and moves through so many genuinely interesting sound design decisions. I'm so down. This may well get added to my regular listens.

Thanks for the list, ML!

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Post by Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds » Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:41 am

Notable update: I just wrote (non-fiction) for an hour while Scattered and Lost played on repeat. We have a winner.

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Post by Marilink » Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:28 am

Hell yeah

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Post by Saria Dragon of the Rain Wilds » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:07 am

Are we going to have to tag some dudes to get onto the listen train?

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Post by Calamity Panfan » Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:17 pm

sorry sorry i'm bad at this

1. "Leila": It's catchy, jaunty tune. The arrangement is nice, I like the harmonies and yet... I've got nothing? It's pretty; I like it. I'm just left with nothing. Sounds like something that's nice to have in the background and chill, but not much more for me.

2. "Work Out": I feel like overall I'm starting to grate on Chance, but I still like a good deal of his music. I kind of feel like other artists that come from his same circles are starting to pass him, but there's still something refreshing about his positivity. This isn't my favorite track of his, but it's light and breezy and fun. Love that production. People like Nate Fox and Nico Segal don't get enough credit when it comes to what makes Chance's music special imo.

3. "The Mother We Share": I mean, you know I love CHVRCHES and this song, since we saw them together. I don't think there's a better example of modern indie synth pop than this. It's got the pop sheen and hooks, but just enough indie/rock energy to give it just a slight edge. This isn't my favorite track from them (I think "Clearest Blue" is the perfection of their formula), but this is way up there. Just a triumphant song, exactly what I want to escape in when I listen to pop music.

4. "Alfyn's Theme": I don't know what to say about this other than that it's very beautiful and made me want to finally pick up Octopath again. Agreed with Bomby that the tone of the sax is just fantastic. Got chills at the guitar/sax harmonies. Dope stuff.

5. "Scattered and Lost": Well now I'm not going to pick up Octopath again because I'm about to drop $20 to finally grab Celeste. I love how this track builds. Though I haven't played the game yet, I can easily imagine a level of a video game getting progressively more challenging and progressive with each movement. Raine conveys that feeling of accomplishment of progress while looking at the challenging road ahead very well.

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