Influences: Ariana Grande, and Captain Beefheart.
2017 aka FAWM #07.
7th FAWM incoming!
My band PILOSA (with @shortdan) have just released our debut album a few weeks ago which I mixed myself, so have had plenty of practise lately! In fact, all but 2 of the tracks were originally FAWM tracks!
As always, give me a shout if you're up for a collaboration but can't make promises with time and all that.
Plenty of friends doing FAWM again this year (I hope), but just one shout out for my ladyfriend @judypie
20/2/17 I feel like I'm way behind, but it keeps popping up on my Timehop that I've been in th same situation ever year, ha! Got a few colloborations working away in the background so should be ok, I'm definitely way behind on my listening and commenting, but will remedy that on my lunch breaks all week
EXTRA UPDATE: I reckon part of my FAWM lull has been because my MS-20 is broke and has been since 13th Jan. Today I've found out, against all odds, it's been FIXED! Fuck yes!!
FAWM win, hooray! I feel like I did a lot of filler this year, and felt like I put off FAWMing more than usual, but still enjoyed it! You'll never know how grateful I am that people the world over take time out their day to play my music and comment. Thank you so much. I'll be here all through March so I hope you stick around to read my comments 😀 Thanks to @judypie, @hanley, and @susyblue for the collabs!
|#2||Tonight, We Go Nowhere||
|#3||Mi French Casa Su French Casa||
|#6||Series 3 Episode 4 @judypie||
|#7||My Word is a Pinch of Salt||
|#8||I Can See Yours Too / Bad City||
|#9||Come Home @hanley||
|#10||Sailing the Road @susyblue||
|#12||Madonna with the Pushkin||
|#13||Stone in my Shoe||
|#14||Julie, Madly, Deeply||
'Looking For Help' is downloadable now - I thought it was my default setting to be honest!
Sorry for the late reply again. I crashed after FAWM. Thanks for the comments on my songs! I really appreciate it.
Appreciate the feedback, thank you!
Yes, all original field recordings on "remains of biotic life pt.1" 😀
Thanks for your comment on 2 weeks, a difficult subject to write about but I am pleased with where it is going.
i hope my riff didnt damage your bits! 😀
& i should thank you for giving me so many listens this month....
im not realy here any more.. just returning now & then to reciprocate comments left
i will check out your last songs tomorrow
Thank you for your lovely feedback.
No worries about "breaking the flow" ; FAWM may indeed get overwhelming sometimes, I know the feeling well. 😀
Congrats on another successful FAWM. I've enjoyed all your songs, as always. You're an impressive songwriter.
Thanks Adam, greatly appreciated.... I'm under the gun work-wise but I listen every night to new stuff and I'm usually blown away... I'll get back to you.. Cheers mate.
Yes, I got a little behind in my listening the last 10 days or so - too Fawmed out to comment, but the break has helped. Congrats on hitting the 14 - some real top notch songs again this year
Congrats, mate. Cheers for another top batch of Follett. (Re the sounds on Normal Day, I think I layered a soft organ with a (synth) e-piano that I set to distort a bit on higher velocities, then just rammed it through an enormous reverb and started noodling.)
thanks for the comment love!!
yeah, I definitely try to aim at a person, but from song to song it's never the same person if that makes sense
Ps i thought you may like the swirly stuff. that was just for you 😉
Cheers matey. Always means a lot coming from you . not just due to your gorgeous Sheff accent. I am dedicating tomorrow to pleasure listen in my hammock with a warm flask of stuarts tea and some fags! its now 2am here so i must stop seeing if i complete my challenge of writing this without a typo or any wifi reference and lay my weary chang filled head x
Thanks for commenting on "Sugar in Tea". I actually don't take any kind of sweetener in my tea OR my coffee so that part is totally a disgusting work of fiction.
Thank you for all your comments and listens. I love what I have heard from you so far and I am excited to listen more! 😀 I do not really have any websites. I do have a soundcloud but I don't use it! lol I'll follow you just in case I have a musical explosion within the next 11 months.
Thank you for your comments on my song, Incandescent Decadence.
Wow, thanks for your kind words. And getting a Slint reference made my day!
Well, I was at work so...let me just say I didn't get up from my desk for a while.
I thought the lack of collab was because we'd be stepping on each other's size 12s, but I'm definitely up for it. Let's pencil it in for 2018.
Definitely not too late for the other track. It might even be the perfect finishing touch for my burgeoning hip-hop album.
Thanks so much for all the kind words again this year btw!
Not sure how Opt Out suddenly has a family but happy to roll with that.. And ahaha on the plectrum. I mashed all my nails up over the last month. Almost need a month of not playing so they can recover!
Reading your comments is what kept me going this year man, really. Thank you!! Good job on 14! 😁
And thanks for those comments! Thom Yorke meets Josh Homme? Ha, I'll have that!!
Ah, I see what you mean about the instruments rather than sections. Yeah, I agree - but I did do it ridiculously quickly (my quickest FAWM track ever!). May even mess around with it this month - we'll see 👍
The kick in "wiederholen wiederholen" was created by: recording myself lightly dropping a rock onto a larger rock, processed and eq'd. Thanks for commending my melodic skills!!
My dad was from Sheffield!! Archibald James Macintyre. Sure do miss him. Off to listen to your tunes now....
Thanks for your comment on "Through the winter nights". I'll try that extra reverb, I've been too afraid of using too much. Time for change!
Ha, I have the opposite problem. When I try to sing loud and angry, an inner voice kicks in and says 'Hey, easy there, Mike. Calm down. Don't make a scene.'
One more! You can do it. I'll be back to hoover it all up when I've had some sleep.
Hey, I'll take a "lazy" M.I.A. comparison any day 😀 Thanks!!!
Hey! Sorry I meant I usually delete the unfinished songs. I'll do mp3 versions of the other stuff if you want! Good luck with 14!
One more to go! You can do it 😀
Hey, thanks for the great comments! I really value your opinion and I'm always impressed by your work, too, so it means a lot to me when you comment. I don't know why I'm trying to make this musical. It's freaking killing me!
Yes, it'd be great to do a collab next year 😀 😀
Ah yes the filter and bitcrush effects, I was in two minds about those! (Japes I've no idea what you're saying). But thanks puss 😀
If you are still up for collabs, I'd be interested 😀
I just was scrolling through the whatever it's called on my fawm and saw you had tagged me on the recommended lyrics forum... You are so unbelievably sweet!! I appreciate every comment ever given to me because sometimes I think it must be painful for people to spend the time reading something and not even like it by the end, so it's so nice when they do take the time and like it as well. To have you suggest me though was above and beyond awesome...somehow it was better than a comment. Thank you ✨✨✨✨✨
Trying to get some listening done this weekend, so will steadily make my way through your stuff. Looking forward to it 😁
Hey! Thanks for the nice comments on "Sinking Slowly." I blinked and you're up to ten songs... nice work! I look forward to checking them out this weekend.
Ad!! That weird synth you asked whether it was fed through a resonator.. it's a synth that fed through this plug in thats meant for drums called "Anarchy Rhythms" - I don't use many external Plug Ins other than for Limiting/Compressing but I"m trying to start now as some of the things you can do are v exciting! Love your suggestion about the high end in 'dance some more' - I wasn't happy with that section and I think that could help. Also - I think I want to bring the drums more forward in the mix and put the bass back slightly cos I love the drum beat and I think its a bit lost. Really appreciate the suggestions you sent !
Haha I had to use the effect to meld the call to prayer in! Can't hear Ichabod in it myself 😞
Man... thanks for all the listens and comments. it's means a ton coming from you, and I really do appreciate it. I am so far behind on listening, and although I have almost 400 comments I have only one on yours, which are always so amazing. I'm making that right by listening to the Pilosa album this morning as my work music. Sounds fantastic! I'll get to the proper FAWM listening soon, I promise. 😀
Haha! How good is Death Spiral?! I preordered the deluxe marbled/etched D-side vinyl and it's beautiful, massive lyric booklet and all. Not cheap at £30 but I allowed myself the extravagance and glad I did.
Have to be when wifi works. Seriously though its a shame susy isn't a sheff lass as you couldn't half make some live magic
You know, I was thinking the same thing on the Slay Song - we are thinking of doing a heavy guitar bit with some screamy vox, but I couldn't be bothered to figure all that out now 😀 I'll be back to listen more - we've been absolutely awful about commenting this year!
Wow looks like you've been productive while we've been offline. Looking forward to getting caught up. Thanks for always taking the time to comment on our stuff even when we disappear. 😀
haha - well, maybe it'll snowball for us now too!
How you looking to get to 14 by end of the month?
Think I'll fall a few short (again) 😞
We've got a friends wedding-ish thing on all weekend...
PS. Cheers for the collab too, twas' great fun! My bro in law's hassling me to send it into local radio stations already!
Just listening to Your Town by White Woman... forgot this song even existed! I can see where you're coming from with that, except his voice sounds more like yours than Susy's!
So now that I have time (well, before I fall asleep at the keyboard) I'll listen to your (newest) collab! Will comment there as Susy might complain if I only direct my compliments towards you...
Thank you @adforperu for your comments on Void. I agree this is more in the edm territory, but I had to follow where the song was taking me and apparently it wanted to go to EDM town. Not to worry... I have more diverse tracks to share. I layered several different synth sounds to get them sounding nice and massive. Thank you for taking the time to comment.
Thanks for the feedback it's much appreciated! Glad you like it. It is indeed an open tuning. The one used by Tall Man on 'You're Going Back' I think 😀. I nick all my tunings off him. Will be blasting out your stuff tomorrow morning in my FAWM catch up event.
Yeah I couldn't resist, had a listen through last night - far too dense to comprehend in one listen but it sounded pretty damn good. Also there's a song that is basically Longstreth does Futuresex/Lovesounds, and it's as good as that sounds.
Thank you for your honesty regarding the BoC influence on my song, lol! 😁 I kinda think so too - I had to get it out of my system!
A lot of your songs are not playing for me--broken link. Makes me sad man.
Are they? Ha, who knew! 😁
Thanks for your feedback again Ad. A bit like Beth Gibbons? Ah, thanks- she has a beautiful voice! If you have any ideas about giving my last song the trip-hop treatment, please do let me know as I would much appreciate your help!!
Definitely interested in collaborating this year. I'm not pushing for the whole 14, but I'll have some free time soon to lay down some vocals. Have any ideas you can send me? E-mail me! firstname.lastname@example.org
Yep. My 14-yo does think you're cool while finding me about as uncool as uncool can be. Guess that's all part of my job. Haha. Tricky to silence that inner critic enough to actually enjoy what we create, I totally understand.
Hey, I'm okay. Thanks for checking up on me. I've been sick with a cold for the last two weeks and it just killed me (and my voice). Up until two days ago, my right ear has been plugged up and my hearing was a bit funny. I'm on the mend, but I have a lot of catching up to do, both listening and writing.
Hello, I added my first song finally!
It's super short but it would be nice if you enjoy it😄
Cheers! No I don't do any social media stuff. In fact I have no internet at home. I just go to WiFi cafe's etc. when I need to. I had a facebook account for about two years and used it maybe four times tops. I'm just not into it. Well that and no time. FAWM is the most time I spend online. Anyhow believe me, there's not much action at my end. I'd be twitting stupid shit like, "hey look at me...I'm vacuuming now". Maybe I'll get a band together and start touring that way i'll get some action.
But yeah you and Julie are fun here. You both make FAWM fun.
Thanks for the comment on Seize the Day. I had never listened to The Tallest Man on Eart before. Interesting stuff 😀
Lol! Didn't mean to repeat myself! Getting more tech savvy with every FAWM day!
Listen... no need to make me self conscious about my shirt collection.
guilty as charged
Cheers matey . I had 3 guitars on orange Lady. I sense my lo fi productions getting bigger and I can't stop myself!! Generation Dream has 4!!! And a plastic pot with stones !!! Btw wifi good in the fish restaurant in case you were wondering 😉
Cheers for all the comments so far! I think you're spot on about putting the Chorus straight away in 'Turn It Up', and I'd probably shorten it a little to make it more poppy! For the (I Believe...) song the sample was a little creation of my own messing with re-pitching and fx but made to sound like a sample so glad it worked 😉 Also thinkin that one could be lengthened just a little as well like you mentioned so the bass doesn't drop out so soon in the chorus at the end 😀
Thanks for cruising by and listening to 'Lie Down'. Your kind words are appreciated! It's actually not a thumb piano but a tuned recycled gas bottle. 😀
Thanks for your comments on "Mixtape." I'm struggling a little this time around for inspiration other than politics. Haha.
Sleep by Max Richter is great if you like something to completely chill to, although I recommend the "From Sleep" option.. it's a selection of tracks lasting an hour.
The complete thing is over 8 hours!! and costs £35 to download
well shit, that is about the best compliment you can give me - comparing my vox to warpaint (one of my absolute faves) I'll be back to listen more in a bit 😉
I was hoping you might say that! It would need substantial reworking for the band but I reckon it would be worth us revisiting it together next month 😀
Most likely candidate so far aye (that and the charango piece obvs). Love it 😀
Thanks for your comments on Runaway. Yeah, I tried something different vocally this time. Felt right with the song but I am a little self-conscious about it. Never sure when the line crosses into self-indulgence when it comes to singing, so my comfort zone is far from that line. Haha.
Hallo and a late happy FAWM! Your influences in your bio make me happy. 😁
Truly appreciate you taking the time to listen and comment on all of my tracks. Really keeps me going! Thanks!
Once again, thank you for such lovely comments. I quite like a bit of T Swift too so that's definitely a compliment. More music from you too now please 😀
Well you could make it through the night and IV it to me?!
Ah, of course! I was trying to figure out how Schumann the composer fit into the picture.
Thanks for your very kind comments Adam, so encouraging. I shall listen to your songs now!
Hey, just logged in for the first time since 2015 and noticed your message. Obviously I'm a bit late now to do FAWM "properly", but I'm tempted to do the whole thing in a day. 14 songs in 24 hours. There's a 50/50 chance it'll happen.
Thanks, Adam, for your recent comments. I wasn't sure how such an honest song would play out and I'm still a little uncomfortable with it. But it's there, so I posted 😀. I'm off to a slow-ish start this month with listening and commenting but, as always, have loved the songs that you've shared so far.
Thanks so much for commenting on my Icy Rivers song!
I'm calling it, new Dirty Projectors is the AOTY. Sure, I've only heard 1/3 of it but that 1/3 is amazing.
Cheers, Adam! Thanks for taking the time to listen to 'What if you died today?' I'm really glad you liked it!
I listened through all of your last years fawm-songs. great stuff!
Thanks so kindly for your comments 😀 You give great feedback! Look forward to hearing your stuff 😀
Thanks for the constructive feedback, I reckon I'll probably shorten a strange presence so it can make a better transitional track when I finish the album
Thanks for your comments! Sorry it's taken a while to reply, but I've been very under the weather.
I haven't actually heard it yet - that's my "to-do" for today! The main reason for the reference was because I essentially nicked the marimba from Cirrus.
Perhaps I was too subtle - it's a nod to Bonobo (Black Sands and all that). Glad you like it!
What are you doing on Saturday morning? Do you want to do some rapping? I am at a lose end until about 4pm...
Tea?! It worked! 😁
Congratulations for making it to the Century Club!
Ah man, I love Max Richter. Can't handle comparisons like that though *blushes*. I know, 3 songs is a bit ridiculous. Practically a record (no pun intended) for me!
Man, my timing is terrible. The staccato parts got away from me! I couldn't be arsed to record them again 😏
Appreciate your comment! I do meticulously edit my tracks(it's like audio surgery to me) It can slow the process down though, but I'm pushing myself pretty hard to create this album.