13th Oct 2015 23:14 - 8 years ago
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.

Comments (7)

If you have time take a listen and give toastedavalanche some feedback.

sirefox 13th Sep 2021 18:44 - 2 years ago
hola amigo, me ha gustado mucho tu canción, sobremanera la musicalidad de tu voz, es agradable, con enorme calidad.Toda la composición es especial desde los sonidos del piano hasta la calidez de la guitarra. Tiene ese sonido especial de las grabaciones en vivo. Bien hecho compañero. Buen día. Paz y salud.
Spivkurl 29th Oct 2015 20:35 - 8 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!
toastedavalanche replied 4th Nov 2015 - 8 years ago
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.

StaticNomad 19th Oct 2015 04:27 - 8 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.
toastedavalanche replied 4th Nov 2015 - 8 years ago
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.


guyd 14th Oct 2015 15:07 - 8 years ago
Nicely done, good recording.
toastedavalanche replied 15th Oct 2015 - 8 years ago
Why thank you :)

Burtsbluesboxes 14th Oct 2015 07:12 - 8 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.
toastedavalanche replied 15th Oct 2015 - 8 years ago
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...
Tumbleweed 14th Oct 2015 03:41 - 8 years ago
I lived with Tascam 8 track decks for years & wore out the outside heads I used them so 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
toastedavalanche replied 15th Oct 2015 - 8 years ago
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.


XyIlent 14th Oct 2015 01:57 - 8 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 :)
toastedavalanche replied 15th Oct 2015 - 8 years ago
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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