Hey guys, I'd love it if you could check out my debut album.

 

(pretentious cover alert)

http://michaeldermot.bandcamp. com/

 

I hope you get the vague sense of coherence and story I was going for with this tracklisting. I'm happy to take any constructive criticism about my singing or lyrics.

 

I understand that a lot of people here might not dig it, but I figured I'd see if it sticks with any of you. Thanks for all your help and support along the way.

 

http://www.facebook.com/michaeldermot

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Like the singing, at times it seems as though you're trying to force the lyrics into flowing rather than letting them flow naturally.
You've got some pretty good pipes, Michael.  Like the album cover a lot.
I love this.

Jupiter 8 said:
I listened to the entire album, as promised to Michael Rowland.  He actually told me to do it last week and I failed him - but I want to say that it was a nice surprise to hear this well produced material.

The albums tracks are guitar driven with a backed with a steady tempo drummer and an interesting bass line by the bassist that talks to the listener through all of the songs.  Mikes vocals come across smooth and clear.

One thing that makes an occasional appearance is the piano; it sort of takes a backseat on this collection of songs.  While the piano does compliment the sound when it is used, it doesn't dominate through the entire album like a Billy Joel album (not that it is a bad thing).

There is a wide variety of feelings presented in this album.  You can tell that some of these were personal messages, like in the song Nova.  A song like this shows how human Rowland is to his music: he wants to share his level of emotion in the best way possible through his musical abilities and his heartfelt lyrics.

In songs like Never Gonna Start, you can hear the change of pace when the song is present through an acoustic guitar.  The style of this song reminds me of something by John Mayer on how it is presented.

Never Gonna Start transitions into Replaced - which is dominated by Weezer-like heavy guitar riffs.  Rowland isn't copying a sound here; through this style, he is paying tribute to one of his musical influences.

The last track, When I Awake, shows the level of accomplishment that Rowland has put into this.  While the song could be interpreted in many different ways, this track suggests that the experience of putting this together was almost like a dream coming true.  For Rowland, he should be proud of putting this out and making his dreams become a reality.

I know what you mean. There are a few moments that make me cringe. Either the producer picked the wrong take or (far more likely) I was off on every take.

 

But most of the vocals are pretty good imo!

Derping Derperschmidtt said:

Like the singing, at times it seems as though you're trying to force the lyrics into flowing rather than letting them flow naturally.
Bro..I dig the art.
you done good, kid

I wish I could take credit for the artwork. What about da tunez?

Thanks, Klug.

G Foo Chombey said:

Bro..I dig the art.
Nah, I didn't expect it to be bad, I just honestly didn't expect it to be so good. It sounded great!

Michael Rowland (NOT GOHI) said:
Thanks. I like the "actually good," as if you were expecting it to be awful, haha.

Jordan said:

Love the cover art.

Bored to Death is actually quite good. Great playing! Great singing! I'll give the rest a listen later.

 

Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the rest of the songs! Bored to Death is definitely a lower-tier tune.
check your email please Mike

Good point, crackajack. When I wrote these songs, I was utilizing them as catharsis for myself and focused on making the songs relatable and personal. Unfortunately, I didn't really focus enough on poetic devices or metaphor.

 

The batch of songs I am working on right now is incredibly different from the tunes on here, though. The riffs are harder and the arrangements are getting bolder (as I hear them in my head anyway).

 

I want my second album to have the energy of Hold Me Back, the mood of What We're too Scared to See and more poetic and ethereal lyrics, less straightforward like the ones on this album.

 

Great thing to bring to my attention. Thanks, bud.

Though with that said, I will defend the lyrics on What We're too Scared to See as being very good and worthy of analysis.

Michael Rowland (NOT GOHI) said:

Good point, crackajack. When I wrote these songs, I was utilizing them as catharsis for myself and focused on making the songs relatable and personal. Unfortunately, I didn't really focus enough on poetic devices or metaphor.

 

The batch of songs I am working on right now is incredibly different from the tunes on here, though. The riffs are harder and the arrangements are getting bolder (as I hear them in my head anyway).

 

I want my second album to have the energy of Hold Me Back, the mood of What We're too Scared to See and more poetic and ethereal lyrics, less straightforward like the ones on this album.

 

Great thing to bring to my attention. Thanks, bud.

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