Tags : | Fusion | 9.34 MB | Has Lyrics

Description : It's been a while since I posted anything original, and the reason is I've been spending tons of time between this song and my guitar build. Both were started and finished virtually simultaneously. This song is hard to describe... those who know Spivkurl will recognize my style in this, but I have tried to take things bit further composition wise in this one. It's a bit pop for me, but oh well. All basses originated on my modular synth. Vocals are all me. Please let me know what you think! Thanks!

WAV version available here (just realized I didn't allow downloads, but it's fixed now!): https://soundcloud.com/spivkurl/spivkurl-claws-in-me-mix-59-b-master-3

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  1. Mosaic
    Mosaic on Tue 2nd Jun 2015 - 5 years ago

    Hey friend

    Right from start knew this is yours, even with out seeing who the artist is, has your sound right from the start, yes fusion best genre for this one, loving the vocals, very different but they work, sound little like someone drunk but love em, great beat and synths used, nice backing string/pad, all works great...Enjoyable listen mate...hope you all well friend...Fav...Peace n Respect matey...Mosaic...

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey Mosaic, thank you for the comment on this one! You are right, I was slightly drunk whilst recording these vocals, though I think the doubled vocals add to that feeling considerably. I've got a problem, and it's not the only one! Drunk or not, I'm still very happy with arrangement and composition on this one. I'm really feeling the decadent new wave vibe lately, and it bleeds through to my work. If only I could stop dreaming of the end. What's more real and important; this prison we're in, or the freedom of death which follows? Sorry about that... I'm not much into editing myself, so there it sits. I hope that you are doing better! If your latest song is any indication, then I would guess that you are! Appreciate your listen friend!

  2. Burtsbluesboxes
    Burtsbluesboxes on Sun 21st Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    oh sorry Spiv mistook you for a piece of furniture (^._.^)/ Very energetic, must be all that coffee ;) Hahaha mad scientist, I think that's a perfect description :D Cool track here :p

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks for stopping in! Yeah, Shiloh has mellowed out on putting holes in my hands when I play with her, so that's comforting. Finally were able to uncover the office chair as well, since she's not as insistent on tearing it open... we bought her one of her own, so she shouldn't need to right?! Yes, coffee definitely had a part in this track, as it seems to in most everything I do. You've got the "mad" part right, maybe most mad scientists are as easily distracted as I am? I'm happy you enjoyed listening, and I appreciate the comment!

  3. djtheobserver01
    djtheobserver01 on Sat 20th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    Yo yo !

    I wasnt here for a while,so i have to see what you r doing ....
    This is a Great Spivtrack !
    very hypnotic and when you are in it its hard to get out .
    love the baselines and also the ping/pong (?)
    Good job , mate ...

    greetz !

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey friend, thank you for the nice comment, and for checking out the track! It was hard for me to get out when creating the track, so I know what you mean there. It is by no means perfect, but I achieved what I was intending. I am very happy with the modular's part in the bass lines, it's nice to be finally learning how to make the sounds I want. Thanks again!

  4. midisparks
    midisparks on Sat 20th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    a lot going on and amazing that you build these sounds yourself. always learning from you man. big respect. crazy track! very original. congrats. Dan

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey Dan, good to hear from you! Had a great and painful time putting this song out, and I'm happy it's good enough... don't really want to go back there. Having fun building synth stuff now. Really appreciate the comment and listen... not to mention the invite to your site! Thanks!

  5. theHumps
    theHumps on Sat 20th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    I went to your site and saw the guitar build, pretty cool I would say. I particularly liked the grills on the sound holes.

    "It's a bit pop to me..." I chuckled. I was listening and saying to myself, "damn, this guy is on a totally different musical plane as me....and what the heck is this?" lol.

    I think it def has the Spivkurl sound with the cool sounding synths and all. But it was the vocals that really set this song apart from your other tracks. I liked the catch phrase "claws in me", has a very visual, physical and emotional connotation. Quite a few instruments used, gave this a couple listens to try to let it all soak in.

    Oh, I knew exactly what happened when I read the reply on that other track. lol.

    Merry Christmas Pat!


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey Wayne, good to have your listen and feedback! Nice to hear that you liked looking at the guitar as well! I did a little fine tuning on the guitar this morning... some tightening and reorienting of the treble pickup mostly. So I guess what you're saying is that it not very pop? I don't think what I think of as pop is what others do, so it makes sense. The "claws in me" words kept going through my head lately, so just had to develop the idea. It felt appropriate for so many different circumstances. "I knew exactly what happened when I read the reply on that other track." - I guess I'm having trouble remembering what reply you speak of. Thank you very much for stopping by!

  6. Bindanox
    Bindanox on Fri 19th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    Its surely a Spivkurl track.
    This a psychedelic electronica circus-orgy(compliment).
    By the way and out of curiousity,did you record your vocals straight into the computer?
    Your style its very distinct and unique.
    I am getting into modular synths and all that and i remember you saying(i might be wrong)you did yours.
    Nice job Patrick


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey, man, been good to see you around more lately! I appreciate the fine comment! Regarding the vocals, I did a lot of takes on this one... but the primary stuff I used was recorded on two mics simultaneously, my Kustom uni-directional dynamic and the right side of my Audio Technica stereo condenser. Put the two inputs into my Scarlett interface, and routed each to separate channels to get a mono recording of each. Then I went through that takes for each section and listened for the best stuff and kept it. Note that I didn't keep the same take for both mics in each section, so it's technically double takes. I think it gives a bit of vocal depth and interest. Yes, you're right, I built my modular over the past ten years or so. Still adding to my setup though, as in the last month I finished a standalone synth which accepts a control voltage, as well a 4 step sequencer to control whatever accepts CV or gate signals. I'm going to put both of those things up on my blog as soon as possible (probably in the next day or two), so check in there if you get a chance. http://www.wearerecords.com/spivkurl.html I appreciate the supportive feedback and the listen. Hope that you are well!

  7. StrikingDaggers
    StrikingDaggers on Fri 19th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    Awesome track Spivkurl! I've always loved your style. The beat is really interesting with all the different elements you used. And your vocals really deliver on the track. The mix sounds really good too. Thanks for such an enjoyable listen. This one's a Fav. Truly nice work.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey friend, thank you for the supportive comment! Can't say I've every done a song quite like this, with all the chord changes and layering, but it was worth the effort. Was thinking I had screwed the mix up royally, but then I realized I can't trust plugging my headphones into these computer speakers to test a mix, or even to comment on other's tracks. No low end at all, as I think it filters for the subwoofer before the headphone out. Frustrating. Thanks much for the fave and listening! Take care!

  8. ShortBusMusic
    ShortBusMusic on Thu 18th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    Pat, I think you are a freaking genius, haha. You are like this mad scientist, building instruments, equipment, then applying your inventions in your work. The mix is special, especially with all that you have going on. I love this song. Innovative, avant garde, artistic fusion at its best. Well done my friend. I hope you and your family have a great holiday season. Added to favorites.


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey friend, thank you for your kind comment! I have always fancied myself as a bit of a mad scientist, and I can definitely lay claim to the mad part... scientist though, I don't have the college degree. This one was a bit tough to mix, with 40+ channels and all, but the real challenge was being satisfied with the vocals. Had to capture the perfect moment, and I'm thinking it was as close as I could get. You have made me happy with your words, and I appreciate it! Sorry for the late reply. Hope that you had a fine end of the year!

  9. Orlando51
    Orlando51 on Tue 16th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    Hi Spiv...this is a high treat of pure originality, my friend!
    Very spirited and fun to listen too...My alter ego really adores those "of the wall" things and stuff...:) I don't know why, but this somehow reminds me on Gong which is a good thing ofcourse.:) Big well done to you, and this one deserves a 'fav'..:)


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey Orlando, many thanks for your kind review! This was one of those songs that I felt entirely compelled to write and record, so it was a relief when it was finished. Have not heard "Gong" though, maybe I should look it up. I really appreciate the comment and fave my friend!

  10. soundhound
    soundhound on Sun 14th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    Way off the wall soundwise but that's what it is right there...
    Artistically it's outstanding has a good groove, the hook "Claws in me"
    that applies to many things, in this nutty world every time you turn around...
    Solid Mix...Nice tones on the instruments, the vocal I didn't think it would
    work but in the end you started rockin, with it and it all came together...
    And made lots of sense, at that point...

    Cool track very well done...


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey, thanks for the feedback my friend! Listening back to this, I realize that it is pretty "off the wall" soundwise like you said. Oh well, I guess it is what it is. The hook, as you say, does apply to many things, which is part of why I felt the uncontrollable need to write this song... So many things contributed to it, mainly my cat Shiloh, then other things like relationships, addiction, the con game of the modern economy, and the drive to fix everything that is wrong whenever possible. Thank you for saying that the vocals worked as the song progressed. Some parts were easy to sing, some were not, but I achieved my goals as far as conveying the words goes. Appreciate it my friend!

  11. benjizo
    benjizo on Sat 13th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    Well this is original as it gets.,something only you can pull off.Its your signature sound.Interesting piece.

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey man, thank you for the positive feedback! Put a bunch of time into writing and recording this stuff, so it's always good to hear that someone appreciates it. I suppose it could be a signature sound of mine, though it's all unintentional... no matter how hard I try new things, it still ends up sounding like a Spivkurl song. Thank you again!

  12. promenade2239
    promenade2239 on Sat 13th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    hi, very original track. I can recognize the synth sequence (0:43) from your other productions. Some other sounds are similar as well.
    It's really good that you have added the vocals. Without these the song would sound quite weird. To be honest this is the most interesting element here (to me).
    I am really confused with this song - maybe someone would say it's an artwork even, me not at all. It's just an original experimental track. Still I think the 'weird' genre will fit better.
    It sounds like an improvised music. Alex

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey friend, thank you for the feedback on this one! Interesting that you hear some similarity in that synth break at :43, as it was entirely unintentional. Took a lot of effort to get these vocals near the way I wanted... had to find that perfect moment where sober becomes inebriated. (It doesn't last long!) I agree that this would be really weird without the vocals. Listening back on this, I find that it's a lot less low end than I usually include in a song... oh well. It was definitely intended as an artwork, so I appreciate that. I will definitely not put this in the weird genre though, as that would be encouraging the way things are in popular music... not something I like to do very often. Thank you for the feedback!

  13. rei4real
    rei4real on Sat 13th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    I told you on Soundcloud: it's electronic punk and I love it!! it's pretty hard to produce real minimal, but you make it sound easy ... and rough (hmm, I know that phrase from somewhere ... haha) anyway ... it's a great track!!!
    peace, rei

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks very much rei! I dig the electronic punk reference. I guess I didn't think of this one as minimal per say, as I used over 40 channels which is far more than my usual composition. The rough part was pretty intentional. I just let the song shape itself, and then relearned it. Thank you for the support!

  14. Planetjazzbass
    Planetjazzbass on Sat 13th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    Hi Pat....I know where you coming from here,do me a favour and listen to "The Faust Tapes" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrnBIMJhvnA I wouldn't normally paste a youtube video in a track review, but in this case if you listen to Faust you'll have a breakthrough moment believe me (well I did in 1973 listening to it! haha)....I really like the synthy bumblebee type groove,though I feel the overall track sounds a little dry and might be better having a good chamber reverb incorporating all the instruments by getting varying levels of returns...a lot of people might be going "wtf" (lol) however doing this sort of avant-garde music is excellent in my book,off the wall can be off the charts but never boring and always innovative...ps I was hoping to hear your cigar box guitar,next time maybe...all the best Dave

    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey friend, thank you for checking this track out! Have the faust playing in the background, thank you for the link... I do realize that it was probably groundbreaking at the time, though I don't know if I would listen to it much... heh. That synthy bumblebee groove came out of a recording of me messing with my modular... just chopped a piece out that sounded good and went with it. I see what you mean about the "dry" sound, though I was intending a feel which was on the dry side... You'd be surprised how many effects went into making the sound this way though. There is a nice non reactive reverb encompassing the whole mix, but that too was set dryer than usual for me. I guess I never thought of it as avant garde, but I understand. I gave some thought to waiting a while before releasing this track and adding some guitar work to it, but I felt that it would be far to cluttered that way, as it already took up over 40 channels. Plus I was really happy that both projects were started and finished pretty much simultaneously. I have been doing a couple recordings with the new guitar though, and will try to get something listenable out there soon. Thank you very much for your comment my friend!

  15. Musicante
    Musicante on Sat 13th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    Interesting track, Spivkurl. Has kind of an 80s vibe to it.


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Thanks much! Yeah, I guess I was going for a feel like when the minimal early 80's became the over-orchestrated mid 80's. I'm sure you know what I mean. It does of course have a lot of software involved, so doesn't sound authentically 80's though. I'm happy you enjoyed the listen. Appreciate it!

  16. GramoChopin
    GramoChopin on Sat 13th Dec 2014 - 5 years ago

    I have to disagree with your originality statement, most of your work is highly original. But maybe I'm missing something here, anyways nice to see another track from you bro. Interesting mix of electronic, classical and some oriental type of sounds? Nice! Vocals are nice and subtle, not too intrusive. Digs it, I'll be sure to keep an eye for your latest. peace


    Reply by Spivkurl

    Hey GC, thank you for being the first on LM to comment on this track! I think you misunderstood my "original" comment... what I meant was that Proximal Vicinity has been dominating my page lately, which I had no hand in composing, where as this is all me. How you interpret the song is pretty much what I was going for... The oriental sounds you speak of are primarily a hammered string sound with some awesome post effects to deepen the vibe, plus subtle sitar sort of sounds in the breaks. I'm very happy that you enjoyed the vocals. It took a while to perform them just how I wanted. I don't know if I've ever spent over a month straight on a song like this without any real breaks. Appreciate the support my friend!

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Claws in me
the name I keep
Always in me
even in my sleep
Never see
what's in front of me
Nestled in my grief

Got your claws in me
but you can't hurt me
you give me what i need
and change the way I see

Got your claws in me
scraping with your teeth
see how much I bleed
shallow sometimes deep

Claws in me
glad to pay a fee
Nothing's free
but it ought to be
changing me
to pay the thief
begging me
to be complete

Got your claws in me
Got your claws in me
Got your claws in me
Got your claws in me
Shallow sometimes deep
Got your claws in me
Got your claws in me
Got your claws in me
Got your claws in me
Shallow sometimes deep



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