Fragile Gods - "Medicine"

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vurt
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93679 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Fri Jan 07, 2022 11:57 am

thoroughly enjoyed that, as always!
great production and great little pop song. pulp do that dark tinged lyrics in gentle pop, i always liked it :)

like when you used to see couples on the dancefloor grooving to "love will tear us apart..." :hihi:
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Frantz
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5795 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Post Sat Jan 08, 2022 12:27 pm

eassae wrote: Thu Dec 23, 2021 5:46 am Nice work Frantz!
Thank you, sir. :)

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Frantz
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Post Thu Jan 13, 2022 9:09 pm

folderol wrote: Thu Dec 23, 2021 10:02 am As you can see, I commented 'over there' :D

Nice to see it pop up here too!
Thanks for commenting Here, There, and Everywhere. :)

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Frantz
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Post Mon Jan 17, 2022 8:12 pm

tomtom1 wrote: Sun Jan 02, 2022 4:44 am :o ... the video is creepy. I'm not sure if this is more of a complaint or a compliment. probably if you take the text - more of a compliment. :)
There are some dark images in the video. I suppose the hanging dolls could be construed as "creepy" but I think there is more to it than that. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

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Frantz
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Post Sat Jan 22, 2022 12:08 pm

enroe wrote: Wed Jan 05, 2022 3:28 pm I've just watched your video:

Many associations - from voodoo dolls to the searching eye. The colorful
pills and syringes are almost spooky! Oooh, have a great trip through the
world of hypochondriacs and pill areas! Text, song and video are made
from one piece - fantastic! :tu:

The video is almost as much work and effort as the song itself. In that
respect, it's very amazing, very good! :wink:
The video is constructed from stock footage although not the usual corporate variety. There are a few people doing artistic and dark videos in that space. After finding the appropriate video clips, I overlayed a screen recording of me typing out the lyrics which helped personalize the clips I think.

Thanks for your detailed comments. Glad you liked it. :)

frank1985
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596 posts since 4 Jun, 2018 from Wiltshire, Uk

Post Sat Jan 22, 2022 5:29 pm

Pop done right... I enjoy everything you post here. Everything’s so well separated in the mix.

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seismic1
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10722 posts since 13 Mar, 2009 from UK

Post Thu Jan 27, 2022 4:32 pm

Frantz wrote: Sat Dec 04, 2021 1:56 pm Although it wasn't premeditated, I happen to like the contrast between the text and music. My tastes can be a little eccentric I guess. Thanks for your comments. :)
I think this clash/contrast is what gives the song a lot of its appeal. The melodies are light and pleasant. Some of the synth backing has a more ominous atmosphere, and the lyrics themselves contain no sugar-coating at all.

Two things I noticed were:-

1) at 1:23 (Soundcloud version) the bass synth drops out until 1:57. I think the song loses a little drive at that point. I think a minimal bass presence there might work.

2) "to cure this hopeless condition" might sound more "punchy" if replaced with a 6-syllable phrase - maybe something like "to fix this mess I'm in". It might be a better rhythmic fit with the music and allow you to up the vocal "intensity" in the last line of that chorus, assuming that you wanted/needed to.

I loved the melodies on here. The first few times I listened in early December they didn't go where I expected them to (which I enjoyed), but now I'm acquainted with them I'm enjoying them even more.

Your vocals are a great fit with Aika's again. Her harmonies are lovely. This is an all-round great track.

I hope your health issues continue to improve.

Good work :)

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Frantz
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Post Fri Jan 28, 2022 10:04 pm

vurt wrote: Fri Jan 07, 2022 11:57 am thoroughly enjoyed that, as always!
great production and great little pop song. pulp do that dark tinged lyrics in gentle pop, i always liked it :)

like when you used to see couples on the dancefloor grooving to "love will tear us apart..." :hihi:
You've perfectly grokked the vibe. Thanks for your comments vurt!

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Frantz
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5795 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Post Sun Feb 06, 2022 8:17 pm

frank1985 wrote: Sat Jan 22, 2022 5:29 pm Pop done right... I enjoy everything you post here. Everything’s so well separated in the mix.
Thanks, glad you enjoy my stuff! :)

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Frantz
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5795 posts since 18 Jul, 2008 from New York

Post Sun Feb 06, 2022 8:44 pm

seismic1 wrote: Thu Jan 27, 2022 4:32 pm I think this clash/contrast is what gives the song a lot of its appeal. The melodies are light and pleasant. Some of the synth backing has a more ominous atmosphere, and the lyrics themselves contain no sugar-coating at all.

Two things I noticed were:-

1) at 1:23 (Soundcloud version) the bass synth drops out until 1:57. I think the song loses a little drive at that point. I think a minimal bass presence there might work.

2) "to cure this hopeless condition" might sound more "punchy" if replaced with a 6-syllable phrase - maybe something like "to fix this mess I'm in". It might be a better rhythmic fit with the music and allow you to up the vocal "intensity" in the last line of that chorus, assuming that you wanted/needed to.

I loved the melodies on here. The first few times I listened in early December they didn't go where I expected them to (which I enjoyed), but now I'm acquainted with them I'm enjoying them even more.

Your vocals are a great fit with Aika's again. Her harmonies are lovely. This is an all-round great track.
I'm glad you enjoyed the melodies, vocals, and lyrics. :)

Regarding the points you raised:

1) In that section, I was going for an extreme contrast to everything that came before. I understand your point about the lack of bass/losing drive. It was sort of intentional. I could have been persuaded to rethink this if the feedback came earlier but once the song is on YouTube and Spotify, it's not really changeable like Soundcloud.

2) I agree that I may have squeezed in an extra syllable in that line. I thought it worked reasonably well. I do think "cure" and "condition" are more keeping to the subject of doctors and medicine than the alternative lyrics you suggested.

Thanks for your thoughtful and detailed feedback. :)

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