Tonight's theme is a picture theme. Please see the resources.
Original art posted by kwwg on Tumblr
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summer in the sticks and
though i still can't get a signal
i keep checking for a call
and though i am away
from my responsibilities
i can't seem to rest at all
and though at your cajoling
i have stopped all the doomscrolling
there's that hole i'd have to fill
something to occupy
myself with all of this free time
seems the hours hang so still
in all of this heat
in all of this restlessness
can't get off my feet
i can't get myself to rest
I started off with a major 7th chord to keep things airy and used lots of reverb for a washed out feel. Most instruments are routed to a sidechained bus for that subtle ducking, and various instances of izotope vinyl are used for some extra warble and degradation.
A cassette hiss loop plays throughout, and some rain noise is added in the second chorus for some extra white noise-like warmth and fullness.
You think you're the talk of the town, talk of the town
You've been scrolling upward and down, upward and down
Doom and gloom can give you a frown, give you a frown
So good news could turn it around, turn it around
What more can you find in the feed, find in the feed?
A phone that beats your brow in defeat, brow in defeat
What can make you cool in the heat, cool in the heat?
A fan that blows from head to the knees, head to the knees
A need to be upset is what drives home, unending doomscrolls
On a warm afternoon, for you
Desire for darkened futures is what you seek,
and you find it all, peruse
All the socials carry a tale, carry a tale
You devour all of the fails, all of the fails
But your forehead hurts from the whale, hurts from the whale
Constant drops, your phone makes you ail, phone makes you ail
Lie heavy in the room
The heat makes us drift apart
When it gets hot in here
It's when we're close together
The airy, drifting stares
Steal a glance at you, apart
It's always hot in here
For you it's all I remember
Do I wish the heat could disappear?
Yet I like it. I like it a lot.
I want that heat to be there,
Do you notice? Can you feel it?
I nearly did a cover, but then i thought no, it needs to be more than simply being warm. I also tried doing more 1 chord like material, but something clicked halfway making that track. I'd remembered i made a start on a Psychedelic like piece (Or at least closer to what Psych music is, compared to my previous efforts). I listened to it, and while it's a little to energetic for the theme, the vibe is perfect, and i couldn't bring myself to not use it, so i did. I just merely expanded upon it, added more instruments and melodies, and just overall make it into a fully fleshed piece of music. It starts off already warp like, but slowly and surely it gets even more messed up, whilst still retaining a coherent chord progression and melodic idea. Like this one a lot, sounds fun. Hope you do too!