This is song you are going to listen to and probably won’t sing along with it as the lyrics are so good you don’t want to be distracted. It’s a touching song sung from the perspective of a son reflecting on his father’s life as a deep sea fisherman. If you close your eyes, you will see it unfolding before you as the writer creates brilliant imagery in this song. I love the tale and it is the perfect traditional folk song. Congratulations! Roy Elkins
The first time through, I didn’t connect with the vocal and thought a different singer would do a better job. I am not saying a better singer, just a different voice. After listening several times through, I “believe” this singer and the story becomes more “convincing” each time I listen.
Intro is really long and could be a piece of music unto itself. If it was my song, I would probably cut it. Even though It is well played and nice to listen to, the lyric doesn’t start until 52 seconds. Because of this and the overall length, it probably wouldn’t get radio play. One other note about the length. It is 5:13, which in today’s world is way too long. If it was my song, I would leave this as is and create another version without the intro which would bring the song to around 4:20. Then I might revisit verses 2, 3 & 4 and see if I could combine them into two verses instead of three. I would also visit verses 5 & 6 and see if I could make one verse out of them. I worked on this a little at my desk and I think it’s doable without losing the story. Certainly the detail is compressed, but I think you can do this and not lose the essence of the story. If the writer decides to do this, I think he/she will have a better opportunity at placement in folk radio.
I mentioned this in a previous review that sometimes it is harder to mix two instruments than a full band. That may be the case here. Maybe a good mastering job is all this needs, but I don’t believe the sound is quite “broadcast” ready yet and needs more time behind the board. I would experiment with many different eq’ing and mixes on this as it will take the song to a much different place. Possibly some slight compression (usually not recommended) on the overall mix. The moment the producer finds the right mix & eq, it will be memorable.
In summary, I love the piece and would only modify the lyrics to create a shorter, more radio friendly version. I recommend losing or significantly shortening the intro and spend some time experimenting with different eq’s and mixes. Ingvi Thor Kormaksson is a good songwriter.
Hope this helps.
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