(electronic rock/dreampop) Can You See

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adfielding
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110 posts since 16 Jan, 2005

Post Thu May 12, 2022 7:00 am

This is a tune I started writing this tune during the height of the COVID pandemic in 2020, and only recently got around to finishing it. I recently decided it'd be neat to release it as a single - you can check it out via this handy YouTube lyric video or, alternatively, the following Soundcloud player.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUc5zPPEJrA

https://soundcloud.com/adfielding/can-you-see

The song was originally started in 2020, but it wasn't until 2021 that I found the impetus to really dig into it properly. It was originally started as a bit of a change of direction from most of the more electronic/synth-oriented tracks I was writing at the time, though there's certainly plenty of that in there as well.

The original message behind the song was the idea of wanting desperately to be reunited with someone you know you're never going to see again - whether literally or more in terms of who a person used to be. I hit a total stumbling block after writing about 80% of the track in 2020, and it was only after experiencing a loss of my own in 2021 that I found the necessary drive to finish it properly and give it the ending it deserved. To be honest, it was a hard process and I was feeling particularly raw at the time, but in a weird sort of way it gave me a real sense of closure in letting go & saying goodbye to a friend who I still miss dearly to this day. I still ended up re-visiting the track again in 2022 to flesh out the end of the track and to give it a little extra punch.

It's a bit of a mixture of my more poppy/rocky sensibilities that I'd been exploring with my past couple of singles combined with some of my more usual production sensibilities - so it's a nice mixture of live instrumentation, strings, acoustic drums, and deep synths/pads. I guess you could say there's an element of nu-prog (I still kind of hate that term but I guess it applies) in there as well, and although I wouldn't describe it as a heavy track tonally it deals with some pretty heavy subject matter and I thought it was nice to get some heavier instrumentation in there towards the tail end of the track.

Can You See was a real journey in terms of how it all came together in stages over an extended period of time. In the past, that sort of approach has often killed my enthusiasm for music that's either been "overcooked" or dragged out, but Can You See serves as an exception to that I think. I'd love to know what you think of it if you get a chance to listen!

wannabe
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38 posts since 22 Aug, 2002 from germany

Post Thu May 12, 2022 10:31 am

Amazing! Solid production, good song. I will check out your other songs.
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Rene Asologuitar
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243 posts since 2 Apr, 2022

Post Thu May 12, 2022 6:19 pm

Hi adfielding,
Ver nice feel, on this atmospheric and quite captivating song.
The vocals laid are well sung and beautiful melodies.
The drum track can actually be a bit lower in the total mix.
Thanks for sharing.
Rene

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margaret0547
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317 posts since 20 Nov, 2021

Post Sat May 14, 2022 3:14 am

Vocal and lyrics are very compelling - great voice. An enjoyable listen.

adfielding
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Topic Starter
110 posts since 16 Jan, 2005

Post Mon May 16, 2022 6:19 am

wannabe wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 10:31 am Amazing! Solid production, good song. I will check out your other songs.
margaret0547 wrote: Sat May 14, 2022 3:14 am Vocal and lyrics are very compelling - great voice. An enjoyable listen.
Rene Asologuitar wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 6:19 pm Hi adfielding,
Ver nice feel, on this atmospheric and quite captivating song.
The vocals laid are well sung and beautiful melodies.
The drum track can actually be a bit lower in the total mix.
Thanks for sharing.
Rene
Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoyed it, thanks so much for giving it a listen :D

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Bansaw
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1719 posts since 19 Aug, 2008

Post Mon May 16, 2022 10:32 am

I think the vocals are very good, with a pleasing dreamy quality, and retro vibe.
I don't have my best headphones on but I sense the mix is well done with a good 'thickness' and fulness to the production.
Overall: very well done :tu:

adfielding
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Topic Starter
110 posts since 16 Jan, 2005

Post Tue May 17, 2022 3:08 am

Bansaw wrote: Mon May 16, 2022 10:32 am I think the vocals are very good, with a pleasing dreamy quality, and retro vibe.
I don't have my best headphones on but I sense the mix is well done with a good 'thickness' and fulness to the production.
Overall: very well done :tu:
Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad you liked it :D

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