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Artist Name:
Tim Mosher / The Hipnotists
Oh Today
Date Posted:
September 2015
Rock and Pop
Equipment Used:

Avid Pro Tools 8 with Digi 002R interface (computer specs not given). Mics: Blue Bluebird (vocals and drum room mic), Shure SM57 (guitar), Audix DP7 drum mic kit. Focusrite Octopre MKII preamp. Fender Twin Reverb and Fender Bassman amps, 1997 Pearl forum kit, M-Audio Keyrig 49 controller playing various software instruments.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Oh Today" is a male vocal rock song. Jon Warren sang, played the guitars and keyboards, and wrote the song. Tim played the drums and handled all of the recording/mixing and mastering chores.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 3
Working from Jon's "lo-fi" demo template, the duo have created a very live-sounding track that harks back to a '60s garage band sound. So what exactly do we mean by "garage band"?

Well, first off, it is not a slight on the guys or their skills, but rather a descriptor for a looser, less polished sound that has been championed by groups as varied as the Rolling Stones, the Standells, Velvet Underground, and the Black Keys. Perhaps the most pervasive aspect of this style is the drum sound, which in general comes across as quite "live", with a fairly distant ambience. Tim has captured this vibe well here, particularly with his snare and floor toms.

The sound of the cymbals would also indicate some distant miking scheme, while the absence of a dedicated bass instrument serves to enhance the whole effect. As for the remaining sound sources, everything is pretty genre-correct; slightly spitty vocals, buzzy guitars, a borderline psychedelic keyboard sound, and chanting/unison backing vocals. Check, check and double check!

Suggestions: As always when dealing in the lo-fi realm, certain allowances must be given for intent. Of all the types of submissions that arrive here at Readers' Tapes, this genre is by far the most slippery, given that its mission statement and ours are somewhat at loggerheads.

Have we heard better tones during our tenure? Sure, though they were most certainly designed for a different type of song. In our humble opinion, the beauty of recording is most often found in the freedom of choices we are allowed, be it style, working methods, equipment, or vision. One person's Steely Dan is another person's White Stripes, as it should (and hopefully will continue to) be. What is abundantly clear with the Hipnotists is that these two friends are having a blast creating and presenting their music, and for that we salute them!

Summary: Rock on, fellas!

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