Tense

Tense

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Liner Notes: 

I've been away a while. I spent a fun 6 hours beating this into shape. Good to make some music again.

The happy jolly chorus is the no 1 most popular chord progression. I had to use a pathetically sad lyric to counteract the joy. I tried to weird the verses up a bit, with non rhyming lines, still needs refining but I had to get the chorus down on tape before I forgot it.

I like it when the lyrics don't say a lot about much, leaving it all to your imagination.

Vocal process for this song;

2 passible vocal takes, auto tuned obviously
1 take as lead, pre delay, compress, dead centre, gated on board then delay from onboard delay
2nd take copied to 4 tracks. Left 70 3ms delay, right 70 9ms delay. On chorus only left 35 12ms delay right 35 18ms compressed and gated on board reverb.
It gives a flangy effect. I'm sure there is an easier way, but forever learning and trying to get better.

Lyrics: 

Tense
Music and Lyrics M M Scullion ©2019

Waiting here, lost in thought
Am I cursed, am I fated
I see you, through the crowd
Dressed so well, you look pensive

Tense, I'm Holding my breath in
Waiting for it all to begin
My everything collapsing in
Confirming all, I can't believe it
Tense, I'm holding my breath in
Waiting for it all to begin
My everything collapsing in
Confirming all, I can't believe it

Face to face, exchanging pleasantries
Weary smiles, resigned to fate

Tense I'm holding my breath in
Waiting for it all to begin
My everything collapsing in
Confirming all, I can't believe it
Tense I'm holding my breath in
Waiting for it all to begin
My everything collapsing in
Confirming all that I suspected

Whatever I do is wrong
Whatever I do is wrong
Whatever I do goes wrong
Whatever I do...

Tense, I'm holding my breath in
Waiting for it all to begin
My everything collapsing in
Confirming all, I can't believe it
Tense, I'm holding my breath in
Waiting for it all to begin
My everything collapsing in
Confirming all, I can't believe it
Tense, I'm holding my breath in
Waiting for it all to begin
My everything collapsing in
Confirming all that I suspected

It's all done, let's move on
I am cursed, I am fated
To failure...



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Comments

cts's picture

That happy jolly all-too-familiar chord progression is an excellent choice for the song you've arranged here. Your lyrics are definitely on the side of sadness, but chords balance that well. I like the effect you've got working on your vocals; that's pretty cool. The overall sound reminds me of The Cure. This is a great cut. Glad you're back on the scene to make more music! Good Good

coolparadiso's picture

Like above i really like the vox effect. Really nice track, develops really nicely!

splittybooms's picture

This reminds me of Hot Chip, who are one of my favorite groups.
The downer lyrics against this kind of musical vibe is something I enjoy. I agree with the rest about the vox fx, fits the music and vibe well and simply sounds good to my ears.
The backing track is very appealing to me. Solid sound choices, especially the pad(s) used. Airy. Perfect backdrop for the busy/rapid vocals.
I enjoyed this.