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Slow Burn
Artist Name:
Slow Burn
Date Posted:
December 2012
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Mac running Apple GarageBand with Line 6 POD Farm plug-in for guitar sounds. "Old r and b loop for drums", internal MacBook microphone for vocals.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Slow Burn" is a male vocal rock song, and the work of one Jesse Taylor who did it all.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 4
Recording: Before we get started, we gotta say that we LOVE this tune! It is rare that we step outside of the mechanics of recording in this column and simply talk about the quality of the music, but this is one of those times. We just can't seem to get our fill of Jesse's song, it's an earworm of the highest order. Great writing and arranging will take you a long way, kiddies.

As for the recording, if we felt secure in Spotlighting a lo-fi effort, this would be it. (C'mon now, the dude sang the lead vocal using the internal mic in his laptop!) Are the drums and bass a tad muffled? Yup. But dig the groove of the basses sliding around and the ambience of the tremeloed guitar. Aces, we say. The crunchy electric guitar fills and the distortion placed on the harmony vocals also contributes to the overall indie vibe in our opinion.

Suggestions: Every now and then we get a submission that, for various reasons, exceeds the quality of the gear used to record it. Jesse's track is our latest. The creativity, writing and arranging chops here are all A-Plus. As for suggestions, "cleaning" any of this up would very likely spoil the vibe. It ain't broke Jesse, don't fix it!

Summary: Somebody sign this guy!

Contact: Jesse Taylor / Thoroughbreds,
About: Marty Peters

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