(vocal electronic/pop/indie?) EP of songs with words!

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jayhosking
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Post 28 Aug 2018

G'morning, all! Today I'm happy to release a sad-sack EP of vocal songs mixed with acoustic and electronic instruments. It's my last release of a productive summer!

Made with Reason, using a number of REs and VSTs, and even my own proto-Grain solution using an NNXT and sampling. Happy to break down any sounds/effects/etc. if anyone would like.

Please take a listen when you have a moment!


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aeox
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Post 28 Aug 2018

Incredible! Is that you singing? On some songs it reminds me of a less "raspy" Shaun Morgan. All solid tracks.

I've been very unproductive this summer. It's was just too hot to focus on anything! I usually get more done during fall/winter/spring.
whoahh

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jayhosking
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Post 28 Aug 2018

aeox wrote:
28 Aug 2018
Incredible! Is that you singing? On some songs it reminds me of a less "raspy" Shaun Morgan. All solid tracks.

I've been very unproductive this summer. It's was just too hot to focus on anything! I usually get more done during fall/winter/spring.
Yeah, that's me singing. Thanks! I have no idea who Shaun Morgan is, but I imagine that he sounds like a real mope, too?

And get cracking! Your record was awesome. I'm looking forward to more from you.

MrFigg
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Post 28 Aug 2018

Totally excellent. Reminiscent of James Yuill if I should make a comparison but not the same. Stands by itself. Magic voice and lovely harmonies. Really great. More!!! :).

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AS7RO
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Post 28 Aug 2018

This is beautiful! you have an amazing voice dude.

If only I could sing my songs but instead I add tons of extra elements

This is a beautiful EP.
What are your further plans with it?

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jayhosking
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Post 28 Aug 2018

MrFigg wrote:
28 Aug 2018
Totally excellent. Reminiscent of James Yuill if I should make a comparison but not the same. Stands by itself. Magic voice and lovely harmonies. Really great. More!!! :).
Hey thanks! No idea who James Yuill is, but judging from my one-minute search on wikipedia, it sounds like there might be a similarity. I'll take a listen as soon as I'm back somewhere with decent bandwidth.

AS7RO wrote:
28 Aug 2018
This is beautiful! you have an amazing voice dude.

If only I could sing my songs but instead I add tons of extra elements

This is a beautiful EP.
What are your further plans with it?
Thanks! After years of vocal music, I was pretty sick of my voice, hence me mainly releasing instrumental music for the last couple of years. As for "plans", uh, I don't know? Nothing? I suppose I should post it on the FB Reason groups, and do a million other things. I'm not exactly a pillar of self-promotion, haha. Any suggestions from you are welcome!

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Some Desperate Glory
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Post 29 Aug 2018

Oh Lord, this is a fantastic EP. Listened a couple of times! May need to send you a few Canadian dollars to own up. What is it, like 4 CAD per USD? ;-D

But seriously, this is great stuff. Amazing songwriting, great voice, very interesting sound you have. It is like there is a car accident between The Postal Service, Early Radiohead, Mumford and Sons and you're the outcome. Bravo!

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jayhosking
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Post 30 Aug 2018

Some Desperate Glory wrote:
29 Aug 2018
Oh Lord, this is a fantastic EP. Listened a couple of times! May need to send you a few Canadian dollars to own up. What is it, like 4 CAD per USD? ;-D

But seriously, this is great stuff. Amazing songwriting, great voice, very interesting sound you have. It is like there is a car accident between The Postal Service, Early Radiohead, Mumford and Sons and you're the outcome. Bravo!
Oh hey thanks! I really appreciate you taking the time to listen.

Pingafuego
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Post 02 Sep 2018

Excellent EP! Great singing and arranging!

How many tracks are used in each song?

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jayhosking
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Post 02 Sep 2018

Pingafuego wrote:
02 Sep 2018
Excellent EP! Great singing and arranging!

How many tracks are used in each song?
Hey thanks! Off-hand, I'm not sure, but the instruments are pretty clearly defined in each song; I usually only use a track if it's going to be present for a substantial portion, not just for a few hits in the song. Track 1, for example, has that NNXT sample, the 808 bass/kick, a mangled snare sample, the Red70 arpeggio, and vocals. So four tracks plus singing (seven tracks total). Track 2 has acoustic guitar, an eXpanse plucked thing, the 808 bass, another mangled snare sample, and a Solaris arpeggio, plus two vocals (again, seven tracks). So I guess it's all pretty sparse?

Thanks again for listening!

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Quiloc Lim
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Post 02 Sep 2018

Ugh... this is so well done. The production, composition, singing, lyrics, etc.... It's really good without being over the top. I'm just trying to say I'm a wee bit jealous. :-) Keep up the good work.

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jayhosking
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Post 02 Sep 2018

Quiloc Lim wrote:
02 Sep 2018
Ugh... this is so well done. The production, composition, singing, lyrics, etc.... It's really good without being over the top. I'm just trying to say I'm a wee bit jealous. :-) Keep up the good work.
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. I’ll look out for your stuff on here so I can be jealous in return!

Troublemecca
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Post 07 Sep 2018

not much to say that hasn't been said already... these tracks are superb, i love how you blend the acoustic with the electronic, sounds like folk music from 2045, lol

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jayhosking
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Post 10 Sep 2018

Troublemecca wrote:
07 Sep 2018
not much to say that hasn't been said already... these tracks are superb, i love how you blend the acoustic with the electronic, sounds like folk music from 2045, lol
Hah, thanks! I look forward to... sci-folk? folk futurism?

Troublemecca
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Post 20 Sep 2018

No that's what it is now... In 2045 it'll just be folk, lol

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Erberderber
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Post 23 Sep 2018

Great stuff, really really well done.

falkbossa
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Post 24 Sep 2018

Very, very welk done! The bass sounds fantastic!


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TheGodOfRainbows
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Post 25 Sep 2018

"sad-sack EP" ?! Wat? This is gorgeous. I have a ways to go before I can create something this mature and, I don't know if adult is the right word, but, adult. And soulful. Great stuff.

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jayhosking
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Post 26 Sep 2018

TheGodOfRainbows wrote:
25 Sep 2018
"sad-sack EP" ?! Wat? This is gorgeous. I have a ways to go before I can create something this mature and, I don't know if adult is the right word, but, adult. And soulful. Great stuff.
Hey thanks! I was aiming for "adult music made by adults". I'm pretty tired of "teenager music made by adults", to be honest.

Nevertheless, I would still call it "sad-sack" music!

But thanks kindly for the feedback. I really appreciate it.

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jayhosking
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Post 26 Sep 2018

falkbossa wrote:
24 Sep 2018
Very, very welk done! The bass sounds fantastic!


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Thanks so much! I just wanted to point out that the bass on tracks 1-3 is a Reason stock sound (I think it's called "808 bass"), and it has some nice tweakable parameters on the combinator. You should try it out!

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