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SPOTLIGHT 83: Love Moon
 
Artist Name:
Bruno Legovic / Junkers5
  Title:
SPOTLIGHT 83: Love Moon
 
Date Posted:
January 2015
 
Genre:
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

MIDAS F32 mixer/FireWire interface, Yamaha MSP5 studio monitors, Steinberg Nuendo 4. Mics: two Shure SM57 on snare, Shure Beta 91A on kick, three Sennheiser e904 for toms, two Oktava MK-012 on overheads, M-Audio Nova on hi-hat, AKG SE391 as room mic, Shure SM57 and SM58 on guitar (with Palmer PGA-04 Speaker Simulator), Audio-Technica AT3035 on vocals, bass via DI box.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Love Moon" is a female vocal rock song. The track was recorded by Bruno Legovic and mixed by Goran Kovac and Miro Kusascic. The song was performed by Junkers5; Miro Kusacic on guitar and vocals, Sasa Petkovic on drums, Elizabeta Petric on lead vocals, Vedran Unukic on bass guitar and Bruno Legovic on the lead guitar. The music was composed by Miro and the band. Elizabeta wrote the lyrics.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
Recording: This month's Spotlight is a powerhouse rock track with all of the driving raw energy usually associated with the great Midwest rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s. Imagine our surprise, then, when we discovered that the project comes not from Ann Arbor, but rather Pula, in Croatia! Hey, man -- wherever it's from, this recording kicks some serious behind!

We love the wide-panned, buzzsaw electric guitar trio that intros the song, along with the sparse rhythm section. You guitar "stackers" out there, notice how each of the electrics varies both in tone and placement, providing not only diversity, but also giving the track energy right from the start. Nice!

From there, it's game on, kiddies. This thing explodes into one of those rare tracks that is hard rocking but also smooth in a way that only careful attention to gain staging and skilled mixing/mastering can provide. The drums are extremely well performed, recorded, and mixed in our opinion; the snare is deep but still articulate, the kick takes full advantage of the room mic for distance/ambience, the toms have a great rich tone (check the fills at 3:07) and we love the present but managed cymbals. Considering the number of mics used on the kit, there is surprisingly little evidence of harmful bleed here... pro all the way. Fortunately the bass guitar is equally matched to the drums, both in tone and performance. BIG tone here, folks, and a piledriver of a part to boot.

Moving on, the sonic goodness continues with Bruno's rippin' guitar solo. Don't know if the music of the great 1970s band Cactus ever made it to Croatia, but there's a lot of Jim McCarty in that solo, and that is a high compliment indeed!

Saving perhaps the best for last, we can't remember the last time we heard someone "own" a song the way that Elizabeta does here. From the slightly ominous "gonna be a long night" to the fantastic breakdown at 2:40, and the "hit me" ending, in our humble opinion this is star power. The "marriage" between the Audio-Technica 3035 and Elizabeta's voice is superb (kudos again for the great track and mixing here), and the performance is simply one of the best that we have heard during our long tenure at RECORDING.

Lastly, we would be remiss if we failed to mention the standout quality of the writing and arranging of "Love Moon". This song is a catchy powerhouse, the instruments and backing vocals have been thoughtfully arranged, and the "higher, higher" breakdown at 2:40, setting up the race to the finish, is gold in our book. Combined with the obvious skill from both the recording and mixing departments, we have a track that serves as an adrenalin-laced tutorial on rock and roll recording.

Suggestions: Man, there is just something about the sound of a band playing together in high gear, isn't there? Call it energy, mojo, magic... the combination of talents along with a killer recording is tough to beat.

We suggest that "Love Moon" quickly becomes a go to A/Bing source for all of you one-person recording operations out there. They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. We say that if you loyal home studio folks come can achieve this kind of result by studying closely, then the imitation will have been well worth it.

Summary: Fantastic!

Contact: Bruno Legovic, bruno.legovic@gmail.com
About: Marty Peters

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