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In case you're wondering, the instrument soloing here and there is a violining guitar.
Have a great FAWM!
Really nice athmosphere. Relaxing song.
An experience, as always! The whole thing is just bliss, every layer brings a new story. Plus the violining guitar sounds awesome!
I just made the mistake of reading everyone else's comments, and all I can think of is +1 to all of it!
The mental depths to this are staggering. My ears always want to listen down and into something layered like this, and it's like I'm hearing fractal patterns... This is an extraordinary piece of music...
Bowed guitar? Now that's something I've not come across too often... In fact the only examples of that style of playing I can think of are Jimmy Page and er, Nigel Tufnel of Spinal Tap. Who used a Stradivarious violin instead of the bow, if I remember correctly.
It's a striking sound; if you hadn't explained what was making the noise, I doubt that I would have been able to figure it out. But the scale (double harmonic?) is the perfect choice for the melodic line. And then there's those growling synth drones, and the drums - which you *know* are going to be exactly my sort of thing. The vocal layering on the top is impeccable as always, and the icing on a very tasty cake.
I liked this. Can you tell?
Oh so nice.... Gorgeous layers. Can you give me some tips on violining a guitar? I tried using my bow on my one of my guitars (since using it on the violin I got OBVIOUSLY is not going to work, lol). Maybe not enough rosin? I had a hard time getting any sound at all.
This is wonderful - I love the build. It is absolutely joyous when the choir joins in. Dark and mysterious to joyous. You are a master of ambiance. Worth the wait until I got home! 😀
i knew i had to get over here as soon as i logged into fawm - you're one of the greats of this forum and this is some epic shit - guitars sound rad with the orchestral type sounds and the vocals are a haunting touch
Exploring the icy caverns of an alien world. This really generates it's own landscape!
Lovely, as always. A big wide sound, but calm and intimate.
Beautiful and haunting; especially the ethereal vocal washes and the dream-like drumming; it almost puts me in a trance, transporting me far away to a fantasy world. Which is welcome, in this day and age!
Beautiful landscape. Redemption and heartache seem to exist in the same space. Nice tension with the droning. But the silence is never broken.
Oooh, I really like that bowed guitar! This actually has a really uplifting feel to it. The understated vocal work is really quite beautiful too. Lovely.
Beautiful as always, Joanne. Something that I'm convinced of after years of listening to your work on FAWM is that you're a master of creating soundscape that have dark-ish, sometimes somber elements to them but—and here's the cool part—at the same time sound so hopeful, redemptive, and transcendent. I have a Pathfinder game with a group coming up next Friday and am feeling particularly inspired for it now (I'm playing a very religiously devout paladin so this music feels perfect!)
That guitar violins very well, I must say. Using a volume pedal?
Great drones and evolving atmosphere here.
When the vocals come in it's very blissful and peaceful. But the deep drums lend it a darker mood too. Fantastic!
I absolutely love what I'm hearing, really thoughtful and evocative dronescape. Keep it up <3
Out of this world sounds - the violining guitar is so hypnotic - catch myself getting lost in the flows of energy. a soothing tempo, pitter pattering on the limits of the atmosphere. very uplifting production - sounds like a preparation for a new journey - collecting that which is most important and being sure we know where and why. darkwave, maybe - but much more of the light is coming in. A very inspiring start!
Your music's always so transporting. I felt pulled back and pictured landscapes moving beneath me, like something out of the film Koyaanisqatsi. Beautiful and intricate. Well done!
what a ride, what a beautiful story-telling ride (that played out in my head)
that drum is amazing
So wonderfully confident and bold. I've offered to make some instrumentals for my son's D&D game that he's authoring, I'm hoping I'll find moments as confident and bold as these. Thank you for being such an inspiration.
I can always count on you to make me trip. The vocals sound really really good. Well mixed and rich.
Ah, this is gorgeous. I could get lost in this for a good, long while. In fact... I think I will. This is better than the Sigur Ros/Dead Can Dance collaboration I've always wished for. Thank you!
Wow, what a deep sound you've got here. The violin and vocal tones on top, then drums and drone. Cellos with a bit of distortion?
Majestic and slightly creepy, a fun listen.
I enjoyed the dark atmosphere of this track.
Your music always makes me switch to headphones! 😀
I love the opening transition from noise to melody, it's like coming through curtains into the light. It's also great to hear your lovely vocals a little more out-front. The tone of the guitar at around 4:50 is stunning.
Ah, lovely to hear your sounds again. This sounds really light and optimistic to me. Love the bowed guitar, an awesome addition this year (or at least I've never heard you do it)
Enchanting melodies, and great instrumentation.
The opening starts out sounding like a suspense horror movie, then it slowly morphs into this totally relaxing vibe. I just sat here at my desk with my eyes closed while listening to this. Even though its relaxing, the drums keep it driving forward, as well as having some heroic sounding elements, certainly reminiscent of some kind of fantasy, forest elves on an adventure, i can see it. Great opening to your 2019 fawm, i can't believe you have a song up and i haven't even started yet!
I hear that dominant 9th! They've always been my favorite. I love the atmosphere, the timbre of the melodic vocals and the violining guitar are both super nice. Well done!
Oh if you haven't tried this already, give it a go: if you're spending some time on a drone in the realm of the dominant 9th, which lends a certain mixloydian flavor to things because of the flat 7, try adding a touch of #11 at various points. It introduces a little lydian flavor and the contrast between the two is super interesting. You get this super bizarre augmented triad between the 7th, 9th and 11th.
You know something about the scale you've used reminds me of the kind of orchestral music they used to use in films to suggest Scottishness, and yet it also has a sort of Indianish feel. The major third and flattened fifth plus the octaves i think is what does it.
Anyway, not much point me driveling on, as i always enjoy your stuff. Really not sure how you do it actually, it's just very enjoyable to listen to.
I agree the violining guitar is wonderful with the angelic "ah" bed. I like when first drums then guitar kick in. I listen to a lot of this kind of music before bed on youtube. Definitely marketable.
Oh that violining guitar! It's fabulous! This drew me in quickly and then the drums enter at just before the minute mark. Wow. It is so serene and beautiful - darkwave for sure: but not dark at all. And it is so great to hear your voice on this one. Beautiful and angelic as ever - it adds a whole other dimension to this wonderful song.
I'm so glad I caught this at the end of my lunch half-hour. It is going to make this afternoon's PD Day Public Swim more bearable. Merci beaucoup!
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