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Here comes the rain
lovely track, the vocals are really nice, you know i love that doubling, just irons out all 'iffy bits ( for me at least) superb productions, don't really have to say that any more...lovin the new pic..the stranglers!! cool. Sweet Track.
very relaxing! Nice
I must admit your the most verstile artist ive seen here your everywhere doin all types of music even though hip hop is not your thing i bet we could bridge that gap colab...i wonder..?
Yeah! This reminds me of great mellow songs from the 70s! Really nice job. Love the guitar parts on this one. Digging your vocals big time on this one as well. Nice production as usual. Thumbs
I agre with Andrew - the composition and skill on all the instruments is very impressive. The arrangement and lyrics are great too. I always blew hot and cold with SD, they delighted me one moment and had me shaking my head with bewilderment the next; this is in the first camp, although I find the connections to SD a little tenuous, you seemed seemed to have carved out a little chilled vibe of your own.
I can't believe I nearly missed this great track, a super accomplished composition indeed!
The excellent guitar/drums combo and vocals/lyrics gives this a very up to date mid/late 70's vibe, which is coming back in a big way!
Hi Andy, back to hear end result and its excellent, great song and i love the production, pretty amazing drum sound, lovely mellow vocals,perfect. Thumbs. Gibbo
Cool sound. I like this style. Maybe too much compression, for my taste. Over all a really good song. Nice vocal too. Thanks for the comment on my new track. Thanks. Mani
Hey Andy.. I finally got a chance to catch the finished product! Nice man very nice. Hands down my favorite song from you. Man I dig that sweet Steely Dan solo and styling’s as well. Just great
Hey Andy, this is really nice music. Your mastery of blending layering and mixing your songs coupled with your strong vocal always hits the right note. Neat break...wasn't looking for that! Beautiful work and an easy rate mate!
Beautifully produced. Lovely harmonies something of that eighties classic ' the pina colada song' vibe about it but obviously the lyrics aren't so cheesy.
Nice. love Wednesday x
A massive production from the outset!! Loud and proud with every musical element protruding beautifully!! Listening to the structure now, and it feels and sounds sweet!!! For me it has an Isley brother/Beatles and Floyld all mixed to perfection!!Way too many technicalities, for me to poke holes in mate!! Not that I need to, cos this stinks of Success!!! Take one Andy!!
Take care my good friend!!
i never really understood what's the thing with alternative music...i feel your track jazzy...and pop/ambient after...clean work...a bit sad...i know a man that is convinced that "the clouds are the givers, are the messengers"...your track is good man...don't have critics to make about technic i don't know nothing about this kind of music...i just can say you make a good record for an unsigned artist :D
Back to listen to the latest...appreciate how all the guitars/piano/drums nest in the mix...seemless...harmonies precise layers...this is tight...the ending sequence of ooohs/ahhhs/ooohs was a nice touch...to sum it all up..."we're not worthy"...(well maybe Tony M is ;)
Super job! Heck, even your vocals are syrupy sweet.
...got only one thumb to donate ;)
If only you worked 40hrs a week lol! But what an apt song given all the horrid weather we have been having - you have jinxed us!
Love the harmonies with your voice and at 2.58 where are you going - day dream world?? Almost beatle'ish.
Have found myself humming this song, especially when I see rain! You get my vote and I want to hear you sing more like you do at the beginning of this.
Mr. Andy James, You have by far the most detailed ear for the little things that really do matter in a song and it always shows! This has hints of "Steely Dan" and I like that! Such a smooth rolling mellow rock tune you have created here. Great lyrics in this as it relates to most all of us. My ears are telling me that I would like to hear that transition at 3:00 sooner of maybe even twice in the song as it adds seperation driving my ear to more curiosity of the whole. If that makes any sense? Super guitar work on this by the way! Enjoyed it -Mike
everything I've heard from you has accomplished production, no different here. really slick melodic vocal harmonies. nice guitar work, lovin the hook. perfect subtle change adding more interest. smooth stuff mate.
Cool vocal on this Andy,the harmonies are very well done.Its your style fella so not going to knock it its what you love.Production is crisp and freqs are full.Tight as a ducks ..... All the best in the comp fella.
Nice work on the vocal harmonies.Some of the chord progs are a bit jazzy for me...but it does have some lush tones in there. Piano tone is nice. Production quality as always,crystal. Musically a bit out of my comfort zone...but good luck in the comp dude.
Yeah, back again. now sleep........ ...
This reminds me of Steely Dan during their Aja album. Very cool and easy going while still very instrumental and interesting to listen to. I like that intro guitar and that you use it throughout the tune. Also that quick scale run on the guitar - cool part throughout the tune!
Andy, it's good music my friend. You have a way. I like the way you have. Familiar yet new. Musically as tight as it gets. So, so nice on the ears this one is. Eases along so naturally. You love that air on your vocals and it suits you quite well as you have the touch. Nice man.
Very nice to hear this smooth song of yours again, Andy... my admiration, and respects to you! =Bravo=
Personally I love a lot of SD'd work so take it as a big compliment where the reference is made I'd say.
I recall when I first started coming over to your page I used to comment on the instrumental layer being suberb and polished wheras the vox were never quite there - I'd say the last 3-4 tracks have seen your vocals make a step change in the right direction and this track i sno exception. Only observation is I would have liked a break from the vox to appreciate the multi instrumentally talented man that you are.
The little twiddly thing at 02:58 is wonderful if only fleeting.
Exceptional work mate
I see Steely Dan mentioned a lot where your tunes are concerned. I'm not familiar with their work. Are you influenced by them? I definitely hear 70s influences - i don't know why but i got a bit of a 10cc feel from this. You pack a lot in four minutes. Complex structure (to my ears) and a very nice change at 2.58. Lots of lyrics too, many of which i identify with. I have been caught so many times while out walking by a sudden rain shower and usually i dont have a coat or a brolly and i'm going somewhere important and dont want to arrive looking like a drowned rat. I always think "why me" to myself or start singing that Travis song. You probably spend a lot of time recording and producing your songs and it shows as everything sounds perfectly executed and arranged. Nothing to fault really. The melody isnt as memorable as some of your others - it would be a cool album track rather than a single. I said something similar about "Jesus aint comin" but i was wrong about that. I have heard it many times since that first initial listen and it really grew me - i catch myself singing it often - always the lines about Sainsburys and raising the dead and of course the "Jesus aint comin to save you" hook. Will listen to this new one a good few times and see if it has the same effect. Love the guitar work by the way. Good luck in the competition. Thumbs. James
If only.....so dry here in the mid-section of America, we could use a few drops of rain! Your title drew me in; your arrangement, performance and production kept me there - mesmerized. Beautiful song, Andy! I'm hearing more of a Becker and Fagan influence (Steely Dan), the vocals, however, are uniquely James Oakwood. Bring on the rain!
On my second listen now. Really like this bud. Thought the backing vox were just right and underpinned your main vox well. Love the beatley m/8 at about 3 mins. The recording is great as usuall. Some of the jazzy changes through me a little but not enough to put me off....An excellent entry i recon.........Good luck
Somehow the observations about the rain fit the James O point of view on life...including summer;) It could be called a Sun-mer comp...then what would sing about? ;) Always a tight mix and arrangement...piano tinkles in with the guitar runs and snappy percs and smokey vocals (tight harmonies). Liked the little optimistic section at 3m until the rain (nice use of the slides to evoke the rain image ;) A lot of humour in this, a lot of smiles ;) Steely James ;) LOL
Good luck with this comp entry. Thumbs! Terry
Better leave a comment in here as well! Again absolutely brilliant, James! Rated!
James, i think you could sing any old crap and it would turn out sweet as! Top production once again. You are Mr cool on mp3u. You sound like an old pro and i dont mean to come over as offensive, if i do.
Hee hee - unique - a euphemism of course. Cheers Dan
Has a Steely Dan feel to me Andy (until that little break near the end which took me by surprise..heh heh). Just top notch on everything. I really like your vocals. Your voice is so unique and stands out on all your tracks. This one is a class act for sure....
I began recording songs in January 2006. Genre is rock, pop and jazz with electronica dabbles on a few toons. It's a hobby for me. I record using cubase.
Home studio using a PC, yamaha keyboard, a couple of guitars and a Rode NT1A mic. I use cubase for recording/mixing and wavelab for mastering.
A strange fact - in 1976, the term "Mega" was 1st coined by me and came into general usage as meaning something great or awesome. I was an apprentice electrician at the time and "mega" was a technical prefix meaning "a million times". I remember that all my fellow students started using the term so maybe this was down to me. Nobody hardly says it anymore so i guess it's run it's course.
Another strange fact - i designed a telephone for use in a mortuary. Dead interesting lol!!!
Nice strong melody & energy to this track, would be great for the movies.
wow i felt like i was actually at a pink floyd concert excellent tune.
James Oakwood is a new name to me from MP3 Unsigned but hey, he is a man in love with his bed obviously so he's cool by me. He's also a rock artist which, as you well know, definitely fine by me. According to his webpage, he's only been writing and recording since 2006 and features a tasty pick of all his kit (is that a Dell?); the kind of stuff you need to make rock music. Even
A refreshing track about my fave place, I love it!
Keep em comming Mr Oakwood!!