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thebeachboys  ·  3351 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hey, I released my acoustic mope-fi EP yesterday. I hope you like it.

You know how to write a song but honestly there's nothing really setting you apart from the other million white guys with an acoustic guitar. Other than the track "Temporary", your instrumentation is severely lacking. A little finger-picking here-and-there and some chord-zest would give the songs a lot more depth. Maybe layer on some melodic guitar in some places.

T-Dog  ·  3350 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I take issue with the notion that doing something which has been done before is inherently bad. I also think you may be missing the point of the project, as tng said. But still I appreciate that you took the time to listen and give feedback. Maybe some of my other stuff would be more to your liking.

thenewgreen  ·  3351 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I disagree.

    You know how to write a song
-Not with this part, this part you have spot on.

    your instrumentation is severely lacking.
-It's intentionally a guitar and a voice. He's sharing songs at their most basic. At which point, it's about structure, emotion and lyrical content -all three things I think he has in spades. Could he add instrumentation? Of course. There could be strings, horns, guitar picking galore, but that's a completely different project. It could be that he ends up going down that road with these songs and I'd gladly listen to that project too but there is virtue in how he's presented these tracks. As someone that often takes simple songs and adds too much to them, I respect his restraint and in his restraint, his courage to present these songs, bare and vulnerably.

    there's nothing really setting you apart from the other million white guys with an acoustic guitar
-Couldn't disagree more. I have heard a lot of the music you describe, enough to understand the disdain that the categorization holds. His lyrics are tight, he conveys them with a sincerity that most do not and the songs are well structured. Millions? Nope. Others? Sure, this isn't Dylan, but it's good, especially for a first effort. I'm impressed.

To each their own I suppose.