Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

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Frantz
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5320 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Post Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:07 pm

I'm back with another dark synthpop tune. Aika Zabala provided additional vocals.

https://soundcloud.com/fragilegods/switch-off-the-light
https://youtu.be/vXCeiE_N1tE
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/292AqF2LnTsaH9EIgIWaSB

Any feedback is appreciated. The lyrics are on Soundcloud. Thanks for listening.

Jan 25 Edit: New mix uploaded with additional sub-bass during the verses.
Feb 1 Edit: Added low budget video.
Last edited by Frantz on Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:10 pm, edited 3 times in total.

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wagtunes
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18462 posts since 8 Oct, 2014

Re: Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

Post Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:20 pm

Finally, something new from Frantz. Still sound like that cross between Bowie and Human League. Mix is clean as a whistle. Can't find a thing to nit pick about. Music is pure 80s goodness. Hell, what's not to like?

fastlanephil
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863 posts since 3 Jan, 2016

Re: Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

Post Sun Jan 12, 2020 10:59 pm

Another interesting song that says something.

The mix sounds good to me. It’s more in the mids but that seems to be your sound style as I recall.

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htcnext2
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395 posts since 3 Jul, 2017 from Austria

Re: Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

Post Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:42 am

My opinion to the mix: an overall emphasis on the mid spectrum, but I think the song needs that in order to cut through with the vocals etc. Enjoyed the synthlines. Nice work!

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Frantz
KVRAF
5320 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Re: Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

Post Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:36 pm

wagtunes wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:20 pm
Finally, something new from Frantz. Still sound like that cross between Bowie and Human League. Mix is clean as a whistle. Can't find a thing to nit pick about. Music is pure 80s goodness. Hell, what's not to like?
Yes, I guess a Bowie/Human League combo is not a bad description. I'm glad you like the music and the mix sounds good to you. Thanks.

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Frantz
KVRAF
5320 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Re: Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

Post Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:44 pm

@fastlanephil and @htcnext2: I appreciate your notes that the mix is weighted towards the mids.

I've listened to this so many times, that I am unable to hear this objectively anymore. I'd like to see if there are any major concerns with the mix. In which case, I could make some adjustments to the mix next weekend after I've had a break from it. Note that each section changes the instrumentation slightly so it would not be that simple to make global EQ changes.

Any other comments on the song would also be of interest to me. :)

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seismic1
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9514 posts since 13 Mar, 2009 from UK

Re: Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

Post Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:30 pm

I've only had time for a few quick listens here and there (usually very late at night), but here are a couple of quick thoughts.

I thought the kick sounds quite exposed. Maybe it would sound better with a more defined, bass synth underpinning it. This might be me thinking out loud (too loud, maybe). I thought this was less noticeable in the chorus (Switch off the light), than in the verses.

I think that chorus might flow a little better if you lost the second "hold me tight" each time through (except maybe the last chorus at the end of the song). I'd have a lot more more confidence saying this if I had any actual experience as a songwriter :?

Good work :)

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Allomerus
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2281 posts since 28 Aug, 2012 from Melbourne, Australia

Re: Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

Post Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:51 am

Cool song. Sounds good to me and I enjoyed it. I particularly like your lead synths. The harmony vocals are very nice.. Well done! :)
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Frantz
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5320 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Re: Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

Post Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:33 pm

seismic1 wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:30 pm
I thought the kick sounds quite exposed. Maybe it would sound better with a more defined, bass synth underpinning it. This might be me thinking out loud (too loud, maybe). I thought this was less noticeable in the chorus (Switch off the light), than in the verses.

I think that chorus might flow a little better if you lost the second "hold me tight" each time through (except maybe the last chorus at the end of the song). I'd have a lot more more confidence saying this if I had any actual experience as a songwriter :?
This was very helpful! I uploaded a new and hopefully final mix with the following changes:
* added a subtle sub-bass during both verses
* reduced the overall mix volume level slightly
* eliminated the female-only "hold me tight" vocal part during the first chorus

Thanks very much for the detailed feedback!

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Allomerus
KVRAF
2281 posts since 28 Aug, 2012 from Melbourne, Australia

Re: Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

Post Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:26 pm

The new additions do improve the song. Great stuff! :)
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CrystalWizard
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1124 posts since 10 Jul, 2008 from Orbit Sol III

Re: Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

Post Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:38 am

Well done for the genre.
gadgets an gizmos...make noise
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aaron aardvark
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1718 posts since 22 Jan, 2011 from near Los Angeles

Re: Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

Post Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:06 pm

Frantz,
Thank you for the recent review! Now your song: I like the way it starts (what synths are on that intro?). Except for occasional slight pitchiness on the male vocals, I like all the vocals. The female vocals are a plus. Sounds rather 80's, which is fine by me. Instrumentally: I like it all. Nice song & recording! :)

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Bansaw
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969 posts since 19 Aug, 2008

Re: Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

Post Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:18 pm

Great job, love it. Like a song with good lyrics.
Mixing v.good. @1:10 like the dark melody. Another good job from Aika, a good compliment to your voice.
I personally like more reverb, but I know you like to use less reverb generally, so won't comment on that.

sjm
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2015 posts since 17 Apr, 2004

Re: Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

Post Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:05 am

I'm glad the voice is back.

I feel like the synth answering the voice could sometimes either do with slightly shorter notes or less release or something. At times it sounds just a little long and drawn out, but not by much. I know you've got the rhythm covered with other parts, so I'm not talking about making this more percussive per se, just maybe a little shortening the notes here and there by the odd tick to wrap the synth around the groove more. It's obviously not a big deal, but I thought it the first time I listened, and on coming back for more, I still feel the same way about it, albeit not very strongly.

The scratchy synth that makes its entrance in the pre-chorus is great. Wouldn't mind it in the second chorus too.
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Frantz
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5320 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Re: Fragile Gods - "Switch Off The Light"

Post Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:56 am

Allomerus wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:51 am
Cool song. Sounds good to me and I enjoyed it. I particularly like your lead synths. The harmony vocals are very nice.. Well done! :)
Allomerus wrote:
Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:26 pm
The new additions do improve the song. Great stuff! :)
Thank you for the listens and feedback. Glad you liked it. :)

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