Influences: Sunna Gunnlaugs, Ed and Will, Martin Carthy, Everything Everything, Wayne Krantz, Gary Burton, Guthrie Govan, St. Vincent
Hi, I'm Edwn, I live in the woods. I write 4 albums a year.
BTW, I made a pretty cool video of 50 tips on songwriting which you might find useful:
2017 themes are 'Footsteps' which are studies/homages/inspired-bys of famous artists who have lived near me at some point, and by current analysis I seem to have walked down the same streets or lived in the same neighbourhoods as: XTC, The Cure, Richard Thompson, Radiohead, Tears for Fears and Jethro Tull for starters ...
Also I hope to write you some lyrics (yes, I mean .you. )
And I also like the idea of narrating a 'this is how I wrote it' sort of song deconstruction. We'll see.
I've just finished the 6th album in my botany-folk-prog series ( http://edwn.org/unplanted )
and I fancy doing some more accessible stuff instead this fawm, so: Collab with me! 😀
If I've commented on one of your songs, there's no need to be polite back, I enjoyed your piece, that's enough by itself ... spend time writing another song instead ... 😀
EDIT: 9th March 2017 I am gone! Thanks so much for all your comments and forum posts and of course your great songs! See you at 50/90 perhaps and fawm2018 for sure ... I write all year round, so email me if you want to collab ...
|#1||Dirty Old Thames (Footsteps Study No. 1: Nick Drake)||
|#2||The Magic Roundabout (Footsteps Study No. 2: XTC)||
|#3||Two Doors (Footsteps Study No. 3: Tears for Fears)||
|#4||Homesick In Hollywood (Footsteps Study No. 4: Richard Thompson)||
|#5||Faust Arf (Footsteps Study No. 5: Radiohead)||
|#6||Creepy Crawleys (Footsteps Study No. 6: The Cure)||
|#7||One Lump Or Two? (Footsteps Study No. 7: The Sundays)||
|#8||Faxman (Footsteps Study No. 8: Julian Lage and Nels Cline)||
|#9||Thin As A Block (Footsteps Study No. 9: Jethro Tull)||
|#10||Immer Noch (Still) @tageule||
|#11||A Surface With Only One Side And Only One Boundary (Footsteps Study No. 10: Ed Sheeran)||
|#12||And This Is Me||
|#13||Back To Nature on Planet Picinae @toms||
|#14||Carpet Tiles @paulh1237||
|#15||Catenary Box Set||
Likewise! Thank you so much for all your thoughtful listening and commenting. I'm glad you mentioned the little minor downturn at the "happy tune" line in "Chucke" as it pleased me but nobody seemed to have noticed it so far 😀
And I can't whistle or I definitely would have added that to my V-Day song.
thanks for your thoughtful comments!!
"ten and two" was actually the hand position i was taught in driving school as the safest way to hold the steering wheel--keeping your hands where 10:00 and 2:00 would be if it were a clock. this is now apparently wrong and it should be "nine and three," according to the internet, at least if you don't want to be injured when your airbag deploys.
Hey Edwn, thanks for your kind words on Dear FAWM! And congrats on snagging that very last slot! I got nervous and pulled the trigger at about 30 seconds before the deadline! I'm sticking around for a couple of weeks so I'll be checking out some of your stuff soon! Have a great day!
Thanks for listening/commenting on "The Book of Mediocrity"!
The lyrical idea I had with the book was that it was this worldwide compendium of totally adequate but mediocre creativity, to which the narrator has been adding, but that it is totally OK for it to be mediocre, as the act of creation is enough, as a human activity (in the same vein as the birds that sing, and the fish that swim, and the stars that shine). And that the mediocre has its own value and deserves love as well. I'm not sure if that idea comes across correctly, will look back over my lyrics again and think about it. Or leave them mediocre 😀
Thanks for the comment on "Innan vi dör"! I see @emplate already answered your questions, except for Gjallarhorn, whi i could've sworn were Swedish, but apparently they're Finnish after all. Writing in Swedish was a challenge in itself, since while I used to study Nordic languages, my skills had deteriorated in the years since I left the university. Luckily I live with a person with Swedish as her native language, so I had her correct my errors.
Heh, I'm glad our track appealed even to a person who's not a metalhead 😀 And no, we're from the capital region, that's Southern Finland. There's quite a few areas here as well, where there's a lot of Swedish speaking folk, but we're not one of them. Every citizen of Finland has to study Swedish, as it's our official second language. A lot of people resist this, though, and Swedish really isn't popular among students in high schools, for example. On paper, all of us _should_ know how to speak it, but in the end, there's such a negative attitude towards the compulsory nature of it, that most can't really speak it. @hmorg just had a Swedish grindcore vibe of my guitar tracks, so he decided to act on that impulse. It was a funny solution and worked nicely. I myself would never have thought of that! 😁
Hey man, thanks for your nice comment! I found the song fun to make. "Mnet" is an abbreviation and slang for the popular web page for musicians, muusikoiden.net, and us members use it to find the songs of other members.
Hydrogen,Yeh. I am pretty amateur at it tbh so I try and keep things simple! The tip I've often been told is to play with the volume especially on drumrolls, to make it sound more natural. I know some folk here even knock the drums slightly out of time for the same reason but that seems a lot of effort!
Just been enjoying the lyrics to 'Carpet Tiles'!
I was a particular fan of 'But you said there was no need
To demonstrate my hunter-gathering prowess'
I am not up to date with common collaration 'best practice' - can I amend my existing track to include your vocals and amend the title/add you or would you prefer to post anew?
If your interested btw, here's what @fuzzy did with the same backing track: http://fawm.org/songs/75019/
God damnit, the peach/stone thing would have been genius! Thank you for the comment, sir 😀
Yeah, I think it's the top shelf of our fridge where everything freezer-burns, actually...standing by for your well-incubated insights in eleven months!
How could I not like it? Your melodic sense is amazing, your lyrics wonderful, and your vocal delivery fabulous. 😀
Actually, post your mix just to get it up. 😀
OMG I LOVE IT. We need to sit the vocals in the mix, OK if I take a stab at it?
Good fun to blow out the cobwebs for sure.
Let me know if you want a wav file. 😀
Much to respond back to (thank you!) but I'll start with the easiest: not a Tele, though that's been my electric of choice for many, many years. It's a Gibson 390 - like a smaller-bodied 335, and hollow, with no centerblock. I ran it through an AC boost stompbox into a blackface Deluxe.
Gentle Giant isn't well known in the US either! They were very eclectic and their complex vocal harmonies set them apart from the more 'user-friendly" prog groups. I love them... I really enjoyed your song! Still a lot to catch up on, bu I will be back, once the recording frenzy slows. 😀
Thanks for giving "nice guys" another listen - it's funny you should mention the single ooh ooh ooh because I contemplated adding more! Haha! Glad I left it!
You got here!
Thanks for dropping in on my slappy tune. I had lots of fun working out what I'd done after I doned it! 😀
I can see you have been busy. Lots of goodies for me to listen to.
Hey, there you are! Looking forward to giving these a listen as soon as possible!
Ah, sorry if I put mansplanations in your mouth where none were meant! Reflex, I guess. Someone has already mansplained the dictionary definition of "room" to me this year in response to a minor lyrical critique (I KNOW THE WORD "ROOM," THANKS). So, sorry if that came off defensive--I'll try the Z tip next time I spend any significant time in Reaper. (Though the fast 4-track song approach has been liberating this year!)
Edwin ive just been listening to your footsteps series
this is absolute creative genius! i am completely gobsmacked you know!
i know you dont like comments so ive decided to give you feedback here instead..i listened to 1,2,3,4 &6 as i dont know the other artists well at all
the xtc one was amazing ,so like them!
the nick drake one was quite brilliant the way you got his guitar & song styles
the Cure one made me laugh..
.the TFF one was them to a tee!
& the Rich Tea song ...it was him immediately ...with that deep folky voice & the guiatr style again
i knew you were clever but these musical tributes/impersonations are phenomenal!
great guitar playing thru them all & fabulous recreations of their styles & melodies & lyrics
Thanks for your comment! +1 for tea songs!! Yes, I know how to undo in Reaper but I used Spire (bare-bones 4-track phone app) to record that song and it has no "undo" as far as I can tell. If you know for that app, please tell me 😀
I just made the tracks downloadable btw.
Yes. Maybe next year. I almost mailed it to you to see what happened. 😀
Thanks for the listen on my song...Dang, thank you! That's a heck of a compliment...I'm so glad you like it. I was really struggling with this one, and it took me forever to crack it open, so I'm super happy to hear someone say that it works!
Do you still have a working four-track?
Hi Edwn, I've written a text. Much less botany in it than I planned, but I hope you like it in spite of that. See you at the old oak at noon to hand it over. I'll be wearing a green scarf. Or you can write me an email, address is on my profile now.
1986? Me too! I think I remember seeing you the next table over! 😀 (Thanks for the listen and the kind comment!)
thankyou Edwin for your lovely review of my song!
i came to review one of yours but you havent got any so im thanking you instead!
Narrating a how-to? Funny, I had the same thought. Only it was going to be me interviewing Rick asking how to write it, and then pretending to write it (making him write it). : -)
Hey, thanks! And your demo sounds nice, I'll try and write some lyrics for it. Guess I'll need some time, as I haven't written lyrics for someone else's music before - but, well, challenge accepted. 😀
Thanks for your kind words on What if you died today. I'm really glad you enjoyed it!
Ooh, nice theme. Edwn does Radiohead/XTC/etc. - should be a blast. (A slight tinge of dread for the Tears for Fears one perhaps.) Have a great fawm, sir.
Hey hey! Sorry I dropped off the face of the earth over the past few months. Busy times here. So are you doing a cohesive album this FAWM, or will it be piece-by-piece via collabs? Or are the collabs an added bonus?
Hey, hope you have a nice FAWM.
Oh good, you're here!
Welcome back. Very much enjoyed your album last year... still got it on my iTunes. I look forward to your 2017 album!
Can't wait to hear what you've got up your sleeve this year!