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album art The Gift of Muscle Memory
by herrsolera

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Released: Jan 10, 2018 | 11:05 AM
Category: Metal
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 10.05 MB

Plays: 584
Downloads: 5
Weekly Plays: 2
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Wednesday

License: Commercial derivatives allowed; contact artist for permission
It has been four years since I’ve written an original song. Determined to stop this ever-widening gulf, I have set out to write one song each month in 2018.

This song is an urgent pastiche of several artists I devoured in 2017. There are parts that imitate Anathema, several harmonized guitars that evoke Khemmis and Pallbearer, and a few measures where I merely tip my hat to the great Moonsorrow. It’s part doom, part prog, part everything.

When I first sat down to start it, I was concerned that I simply didn’t have it anymore. I would listen to my older material and wonder, how did I ever put this together? I’ve always felt that whatever musical tissues responsible for my compositional knack must be used frequently lest they atrophy, calcify, and eventually dissolve to a fine powder.

Fortunately, there’s always muscle memory.

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becwil Moderator

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Yeah, you've still got it. Sounding great! Muscle memory and natural talent never goes away. Glad to have you back!
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3 months ago
falconep Artist

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Nice pace, style, harmonies, transitions. Enjoyed. Welcome back and never fear. Thanks - Phil
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I can relate to your wondering how the hell you did some songs in the past. The muse comes and goes, but once touched she'll never leave you for good smiley
excellent piece with cool changes
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3 months ago
guitardogcar Artist

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I’m so happy to hear this, and to hear this. Always enjoy your style and range of musicianship. Keep pressing!
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3 months ago
eido Moderator

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Welcome back! I can't tell you how happy it made me to see your name on an upload after all this time.

I can tell right away that this is going to need many listens to digest - like all my favourite music. I shall return many listens later...
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3 months ago
eido Moderator

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Used to be that I had a fairly standard reaction to encountering excellence in any form. I would immediately be enthralled, imagine how my own life might be if I were capable of a similar level of excellence, and start planning how to get there. For example, after hearing a particularly impressive cellist I might start thinking about buying a cello, devoting countless hours each day to learning to play it, and so on. If it was too far out of reach, the aspiration might flip over to something I already did - for instance, seeing ballet dancers would usually inspire me to train more in martial arts. Either way, though, there was a palpable thrill of ‘holy cow this is awesome’, followed by an equally palpable impulse to question what I was doing with my own life and whether my own achievements measured up.

I thought I’d largely gotten over this. When I started making electronica, I initially had all these plans to make an album in this or that style, and quickly found that the music that wanted to come out was quite different. I got to a point where I was actually okay with this; where I was content for other people to do their thing and me to do my thing, and that was just fine. It seemed like a good place to be, actually; I could admire people’s skills in their respective fields without feeling threatened or underachieving myself.

Playing this track again this morning, after a night of extremely broken sleep due to illness, all of that has gone out of the window. Maybe it’s because it’s been a while since your last full-on metal track, and it’s tapped into routines of thought which were commonplace back then. But I’m sitting here on the sofa of my spare room clutching my stomach and wondering what the hell I’ve been doing with my life.

It wasn’t instantaneous, actually. The rhythm in the opening is tricky and took me a few listens to catch on fully. But then the moment those trademark herrsolera lead guitars come soaring in at 0:38, boom, it’s like no time has passed at all. Talk about muscle memory.

My favourite section is when you hit that big chord and trail off into feedback - ah me, I love a good feedback tail - then bring in the piano and strings for a gentle section. I know we have different tastes where Anathema’s various eras are concerned but that right there is a key part of their sound for me, and you pull it off beautifully.

Welcome back! Amazing work. Please, more.
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3 months ago
FrozenEntropy Moderator

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Walking that doom/prog line with the greatest agility. Beautiful work herr.
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