Composed and performed by Adam Brock
Engineered by Justin Freund
What I love:
What can I say? Big vocal stacks, dusty old keyboards, overdriven guitars. The lighter upbeat sections contrast well with the heavier slower sections. When I first heard it, I had to doublecheck that it wasn’t by a band from around here – it’d fit in perfectly in the Melbourne indie scene.
What could be better:
The mix could do with some work. The vocals get a bit buried in a few spots, the snares needed some surgery to stop them chopping my head off, and there’s quite a bit of background noise.
This is a good example of a track that was mixed quite dark. Normally, it’s not a problem when a mixdown needs some tonal adjustment when it’s mastered. For mixes that are very dark, however, some common problems can emerge. When mixing the a reduced top end, it’s more difficult to hear the detail and nuance up there. Often this results in a dynamic range that’s inappropriately wide (resulting in sibilance). Sometimes – particularly in this case – the amount of top end boost required in mastering can also bring up background noise that was previously inaudible.