Tags : | Folk | 4.71 MB | Has Lyrics

Description : My Dad found his old 8-track recorder. I think he was going to ask me if I was interested, but I was already half way to my room with it and a new song forming in my head.
This track is more of a straight-forward folk song. The opening is completely recorded on the 8-track, so it's a bit more lo-fi. Then the track kind of opens up into a cleaner chorus. I hope you enjoy my little experiment.

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  1. Spivkurl
    Spivkurl on Thu 29th Oct 2015 - 4 years ago

    Hey, I must say that this is beautiful! I've been into folk longer than almost any other sort of music, and I think you've done excellent work in song writing, performance, and recording! Gives me some reminders of Nick Drake, for example, who is one of my favorites. Enjoyed each instrumental part, and your vocals sounded great! I love magnetic tape very much, and would have a lot of fun with an 8 track! Sold my 4 track many years ago, something which I regret a bit. Happy that I found this song of yours! Thank you for letting us hear it! Fave!

    Reply by toastedavalanche

    Thank you very much! I really loved recording this way. It was much more hands on and allowed me to focus on writing and performance rather than predominantly on production.
    I plan to make more folk-style compositions in the future, so watch this space.


  2. StaticNomad
    StaticNomad on Mon 19th Oct 2015 - 4 years ago

    Folk also isn't at all my sort of thing but this has a very authentic and warm acoustic sound. It's a million miles from the sort of stuff I make.

    Piano sounds good and kind of triumphant with some of those chords you let ring out.

    0:59 nice higher piano notes and walking groove.

    Guitar is delicate.

    Doesn't sound like it's been played to a click.

    Good late night chilling music.

    Reply by toastedavalanche

    I'm glad you enjoyed the track. I did start using a click but I thought it sounded better somehow without it, more genuine. Thank you for listening.



  3. guyd
    guyd on Wed 14th Oct 2015 - 4 years ago

    Nicely done, good recording.

    Reply by toastedavalanche

    Why thank you :)


  4. Burtsbluesboxes
    Burtsbluesboxes on Wed 14th Oct 2015 - 4 years ago

    I see you found your way out of the catacombes. Is that your tape that was found abandonded in the camera? Had to ditch it and run because of a lasagna shortage huh?! When I first stated playing we used a cassette player to record hahaha Eventually my friend got a 4 track recorder. 8 tracks wow! What are you going to do with all those? Sounds good :D I love folk. Maybe next you can do a duet with Joan Baez? Maybe get Erik on organ.

    Reply by toastedavalanche

    It was a close call. Erik was on to me. Luckily I found some old Sarah Brightman recordings from the 80's; so I pressed play and threw the 8-track into a conveniently placed canoe and sent it downstream. He will be chsing that for a while...

  5. Tumbleweed
    Tumbleweed on Wed 14th Oct 2015 - 4 years ago

    I lived with Tascam 8 track decks for years & wore out the outside heads I used them so much...it makes an honest musician of the user...nowhere to hide...just the music...I noticed the acoustic was nicely recorded but your vocal is the star T.A...good for you....a big well done to you...enjoyed this one...Ed

    Reply by toastedavalanche

    Thank you TW. It was difficult to get the takes right at first, but as soon as I relaxed and learned to love the soft hiss of the tape deck, I really enjoyed the experience. Also, I'm relieved that you liked the vocals, I always feel nervous about showcasing my voice. Though I'm starting to use it more and more lately.



  6. XyIlent
    XyIlent on Wed 14th Oct 2015 - 4 years ago

    Folk isnt really my drug of choice but this was an awesome listen, was perfect to just chill out to at nearly 2am in the morning.
    I dont think im really qualified to give any advice on how to improve this due to my lack of knowledge on the genre but all in all its a great listen :)

    Reply by toastedavalanche

    Thank you Xyllent. I don't think genre matters so much as long as the music doesn't grate against your mood. Thankfully you were in the right mood for this track, so all is good :D


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Down by the southern coast you'll find a wandering man
He just wants to help the world in any way he can
He has no provisions just a guitar in his hands
He sings to the passing gulls as they glide above the land.

And he says "we are one beneath the sun,
If rain should come, this changes none"

This is what he said.



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