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Originally Posted By: jannesan
Really not my type of music, too psychedelic wink But I really admire the artistic end result. Very rich imagery in lyrics and together with the band is very mesmerizing. Robert's voice is almost unrecognizable, but it fits perfectly. The guitars and the bass have great sound. Scott's painting is once again in its own class. I'm glad to hear that your collaboration has no limits when it comes to creativity.
Janne

I hadn't thought it psych at all. Perhaps the panning gives that impression.
Robert's voice has some treatment on it for the tag line.
Thanks for your generous observations.


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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Spirit Level!
LOVED this.
My favorite from EACH of you.
Favorite Scott lead work. Perfect.
Favorite ray bass/guitars and mix
(or whoever deserves credit for the mix).
Favorite Robert vocal. Perfect.
Cool song. Excellent Black-Light-Rock write.
Sounds great in the phones.
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Thank you FJ,
Very pleased you like it.


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Originally Posted By: jptjptjpt
Good work to all. Robert's lyrics are excellent as usual. Dark poetry. Vocals fit the mood perfectly. Well mixed. Outstanding production. Good job to you all.

Thanks jptx3,
Dark indeed.


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I like the vibe, the retro emersion and the lyrics.

I wish the vocals where a little more present, they seem to be washed away in the reverb.

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Originally Posted By: CaptainMoto
I like the vibe, the retro emersion and the lyrics.
I wish the vocals where a little more present, they seem to be washed away in the reverb.
moto

Thank you Space Captain,
If you crank up the volume the vocals pop right up where you want them.
Our emersion post immersion is unlikely to render another version.


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Originally Posted By: Torrey Bliss
Love it guys! Cool blast from the past sounds! Everyone is doing their thing here in fine fashion! Love all the little effects popping in and out from the right and left! Great title! Thanks, T


Thanks Torrey. We seem to be graviting to the heavier songs lately. I must admit they are allot of fun to play.

Originally Posted By: MarioD
Flashback! This was extremely well done. Super guitars, bass, and vocal. I liked the effects also. The stereo mix was outstanding.

Great job on this!


Thanks Mario. So glad you liked it. Thanks for checking it out.

Originally Posted By: Rustyspoon#
Hey team!
Probably the heaviest tune by S.L. as of yet. Excellent vintage sound / drive with modern approach, which in my opinion is a hard goal to achieve by itself. Big sound. Lyrics are something special and unexpected! Love fuzzy guitars + panning fx. Great job on solo guitar and bass! Vocals are strong and suits genre well, however one (the only) thing that I think that I would change is vocals vs everything else ratio, with voice a little more upfront. I do understand that for some genres, especially where this is leaning it is not a major thing. Thank you for sharing.

Misha.


Thanks Misha. Glad you liked the tune. Our last couple of tunes have been pretty heavy. They have been mixed and mastered to really come alive when turned up to 11. Lol.


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Hi rayc,

The sounds of the guitar with a lot of reverb come out very well. The lyrics fit well with the tempo. Everything is well mixed. Well done.

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Spirit Level,

Very cool stuff, wonderfully put together. A very heavy tune for SL—at least from what I heard—but I like the changeup, and it still has that Spirt Level sound. Great production touches throughout (e.g., that whispering of “Scarecrow”) and the panning is excellent all around. I was too lazy to dig out the headphones, but I’m going to come back and give it another listen just to enjoy the panning touches. Excellent work!

My very humble regards,

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The vocal levels worked for us and given the song's LUF level we did not have to turn it up smile

It's really a good mix with fine performance by all (guitars, vocals and bass). The vocal processing allows it to sit in really well with the distorted guitars.

Janice's early comment was that she could envision the Baron Harkonnen (Dune) entering the room!
The bass heavily contributed to that ominous vibe.

The backstory was interesting indeed.

Grunge on....we enjoyed it!

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Originally Posted By: Derochette
Hi rayc,
The sounds of the guitar with a lot of reverb come out very well. The lyrics fit well with the tempo. Everything is well mixed. Well done.
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There's not much reverb in this mix Derochette - it may be delay you're hearing - there's a dollop or more on the guitars and more on the vocal.
Glad you liked it.

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Originally Posted By: Deej56
Spirit Level,
Very cool stuff, wonderfully put together. A very heavy tune for SL—at least from what I heard—but I like the changeup, and it still has that Spirt Level sound. Great production touches throughout (e.g., that whispering of “Scarecrow”) and the panning is excellent all around. I was too lazy to dig out the headphones, but I’m going to come back and give it another listen just to enjoy the panning touches. Excellent work!
My very humble regards,
Deej

You are very kind Deej.
It's a better listen in head phones or in the perfect stereo image position with speakers. It also needs some volume.
I'm pleased you like it...Robert and Scott really put on their one step beyond hats for this.


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Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
The vocal levels worked for us and given the song's LUF level we did not have to turn it up smile
It's really a good mix with fine performance by all (guitars, vocals and bass). The vocal processing allows it to sit in really well with the distorted guitars.
Janice's early comment was that she could envision the Baron Harkonnen (Dune) entering the room!
The bass heavily contributed to that ominous vibe.
The backstory was interesting indeed.
Grunge on....we enjoyed it!
J&B

J&B,
thank you for you generous words.
The vocals were well recorded by Robert. I put on his preferred treatments as part of the mix so we could ensure he sat right.
Scott's chord progression and interweaving guitar is SPOT ON.
Perhaps Baron H enters to encounter the Bene Gesserit. I LOVED those books..I read ALL of them...all the way through Sand Trout and beyond. If only the movies was as embracing.
The bass has an able assistant...there's a very low synthy sound, (1st comes to the ear in the very beginning of the intro), generated by a Yamaha FX500...it's almost inaudible for most of the song but, I hope, gives that "ominous vibe". Thanks for noticing.

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Its gratifying that most listeners are giving positive responses;thank you! Its especially cool when our collective musical adventure brings up unexpected images for others.
I think Ray gets the last word on the genre for this: "industrial corn canning mix" as he noted in our exchanges.

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Thanks to everyone who check out the song. Glad you liked it


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Hi Ray, Robert and Scott,

Again a surprising song from you Spirit Boys!
I have to admit, it took me half a minute to get used to it, but then I enjoyed it very much!
That dark sphere you created around that 'evil' scarecrow is really good.

I had the same feeling as Misha about the distance of the vocals. But I read your answer, Ray...
But I can imagine you had lost that battle, because Robert said it's good! You cannot convince that man.

I was wondering, how you came to this scarecrow subject. You have one in your garden, watching your house?

It was nice listening,
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Huh, from fluffy to downright ominous! Very nice work by all. I don't listen through 'phones, by the way, but even through the speakers, the mix sounded fine to me.
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Thanks everyone for the awesome comments. They are very much appreciated


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Gentlemen ...

I started flipping pages of a my old calendars when I heard this! But i couldn't find one from 1966. Very ethereal and mysteriously captivating. Excellent in all respects. Nice work from everyone. Take care and keep the music coming!

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Originally Posted By: Al-David
Gentlemen ...

I started flipping pages of a my old calendars when I heard this! But i couldn't find one from 1966. Very ethereal and mysteriously captivating. Excellent in all respects. Nice work from everyone. Take care and keep the music coming!

Alan

That's very kind of you Alan.
It was an enjoyable project that really began to "swing' after a false start.


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