Leon J Harris' recording of "Vigilante" is powerful stuff. A real, up-close story delivered in a breathy, accessible male voice draws me in as a listener. I want to know more about what he's saying. What's this about a war zone? Did he say "urban" or "suburban"? The song takes you on a voyage into the mind of a vigilante, seeking to prevent crime from taking hold in his neighborhood. In the breaks, there are clips from gun control debates, and a wide array of interesting sounds. The mix is good. The vocal is forward so you feel like he's talking to you in your own living room. The bass maintains a nice, present ambience throughout -- definitely there and underpinning everything, but not in your face. The ending is interesting. Is it commentary? Is it the bottom line? What about . . .? Makes you want to listen to it all over again. My only knock against this recording is the intro. It starts out urban and jazzy, very appropriate to the message, then breaks into heavy metal for a few seconds, then just disappears. For me, the intro is too long overall, and the heavy metal segment is an intrusion, unwanted, unneeded, and out of character with the rest of the tune. That said, man, if you have artistic reasons for wanting it there, keep it. It's just that as a listener, I was beginning to wonder "Is this just some ADHD teenager experimenting with his system, or is this going somewhere?" Then it went somewhere, just as I was about ready to turn it off. Why risk losing your listener? Bottom line, it's powerful stuff and I want to hear more by this artist.
United States, Texas, Manchaca
What a breath of fresh air!! Nice premise to the song. I tend to gravitate toward this style. Its never boring and the talent usually comes out via an array of non-typical styling. I thought the foundation of the song was solid. the drums throughout the song was firm and had roll-outs that were not overbearing. good work. I really liked the tone of the psychedelic work. Came across clean and sustained. the complexity of the song would have my wife say "its too busy" but I beg to differ. the business or complexity of the song denotes the thought that went into the song. it didn't just crank out a couple of bars and a few bridges and then close it up. the song is adventurous and entertaining. for some strange reason when the vocals came up I couldn't help but hear "I want my MTV" bouncing in my ears.-------- just an observation. The song tilts a tad over the cookie cutter 3+/- min mark which is fine with me. the song is an incredible downmix. good balance. good work folks.
United States, Louisiana, Delcambre
tenera canzone che si sviluppa bene con un quasi parlato e coretto molto gradevole e delicato sembra che parli della sua vita ma anche se non canta e' ben arrangiata e si ascolta volentieri
Italy, dalmine bg
Hello, well-constructed music. beautiful arrangement with delicacy and finesse. the voice comes out very frank and clear. a good swing, it hangs fairly quickly. I like the round and efficient bass. live atmosphere mixed pink floyd way. a great success.
I like the production sound and the vibe of the track along with the message. I can feel the heart in this showing you've put in some dedicated work on your art. I love the smoothness and the jazz blues vibes. More artist should study the roots of their culture of art more to be better at their own art. Keep up the good work and stay in the lab creating new material to stay fresh and on your toes. If you're ever looking for a hip hop collaboration hit me up I'm versatile. Peace!
United States, South Carolina, Rock Hill
Great use of pedals and sound effects. Kind of mysterious and different. I still feel all of the "Arts" are good. No good no bad just different styles. This music will fit someone's style somewhere.
United States, Indiana, DeMotte
what you get confronted to as a listener turning on "Vigilante" is of course not simple song. It is not for several reasons. In the beginning the guitar(synthesizer I would nearly call it ) is building up the crimescene in the night. In a way this already tell what´s going on. After that the song starts and you soon will know this is not Sultans of swing. The text gets you to the situation too many are going to get used to it instead recognizing that accepting all this never will lead to a peaceful developed society. I´m living in a big city and for those who once wished to have anarchy as their utopia I just can tell them when You will have got it you will soon wish to never have wished it. In my very personal view maybe - you have been asking for a second opinion on the mix - reducing electric guitar a bit would tell more, for me it´s too much illustrating what is better said by the text which needs some efforts to be in the forground after the guitar clash. After all - a good song !
Nice mix and mastering...
This recording is very well mixed and mastered. Every sound is clearly audible and well sorted to the places where it should be. It might have takes a lot of time as you described in your comment. Let me tell you what if I did mixing and mastering and thus this is just a second opinion FYI based upon my taste. I may lower the presence of synth sound on the far right channel to make it more like a piece of a building block of a whole sound structure. With the present level of presence, it draws too much attention of a listener and obscures the total feeling of the flow of music sporadically. It is better that Bass and Drums, in my opinion, to take more than 50% share of the presence, not to be clouded down, to keep a pyramidal structure of the total sound. Stay safe and keep the music playing.
VIGILANTE DOWN UNDER
Glad you got your shit together and found some friends Leon!... Mate! So, "Who Protects the People from the Law?" Right? Great Political Peice as well. I Pray for "A New World 'IN' Order!" #All1Mind4Humankind I like the feel of the blues guitars and enjoy the addition of the electronics to the mix. Trippy like a Pink Floyd begining and then it goes all Dr. John on me. I dig it! This certainly would not get any Main Stream Media or Airplay here in The Corporate States of the American Homeland... But you can put it out on YOUTUBE! Now, back to the song; from my end of things... First thing that jumped out was the electric guitar lick at the beginning. sounds a bit loud in the mix and seems to end abbruptly. perhaps fade out the end of the lick? Musicianship and insrumentations are all wonderful. I found it to be a very entertaing song. The mix gets abit convoluted at the ending climatic part. Love to hear the voices a bit louder in that part. If anything, focus on learning how to get a more over all even mix and levels throughout the verious arts of the song. But that's all tech stuff anyway. as far as the songwriting goes. Props! Good Job! NOW GO AND WRITE 100 MORE! Cheers! Erik Lyon
United States, Texas, Austin
Seriously unique introduction that blends some very earth tone guitar with some other outer space effects which lead to the story. Very much reminded me of Lou Reed or Leonard Cohen even, sounds like it belonged in the soundtrack for Natural Born Killers or Pulp Fiction. Interesting concept for the outro blends police scanner activity and news feeds that are very relevant today. Great imagination in the end where all the sounds come together, Nice Job!
United States, Delaware, Wilmington