There's Nothing There

There's Nothing There

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Liner Notes: 

I'm working on a new in-person musical project with some friends (bass, 2 keyboards, 2 female vocals, drums, vaguely gothy/krautrock aesthetic), and this is my attempt to make a demo with actual song structure out of one of our formless jams--from a jam session based around the verse bassline that the bassist brought in. I added the chorus part and all the lyrics and arrangement of this version. I will see in about 45 minutes what everyone thinks of it, I guess!

Lyrics: 

Sun in the trees
Light through the leaves
The world goes on turning without you
Wind on my skin
Feels like nothing
I keep on turning back towards you

It was just a song that I thought you would like
It was just a smell like the smell of your hair
It was just a stranger in a shirt like the shirt you used to wear
It was just a shadow, there's nothing there
There's nothing there
There's nothing there
There's nothing there

Sleep through the day
The dark looks the same
The world goes on turning without you
A film on my eyes
The room fills with flies
I keep on turning back towards you

It was just a song that I thought you would like
It was just a smell like the smell of your hair
It was just a stranger in a shirt like the shirt you used to wear
It was just a shadow, there's nothing there
There's nothing there
There's nothing there
There's nothing there



Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.

Comments

billwhite51's picture

the verse is a lesson on how to write a song with only one chord, al that is needed is a strong bassine, an aggressive beat, and an adverturesome meody. then the chorus is a lesson on how to write a song with no chords at all, al that is needed is the suggestion of multiple harmonies by stacking vocals in rounds.

wyatt's picture

Good vocals, harmonies and production
That's a good title --it could go in a lot of different directions

AndyGetch's picture

A fun listen, trippy interludes, wonderful vocals. Nice!

yeah nice. i was brought up with kraftwork blazing. but i like the more gentle vocals here better. well done

tamsnumber4's picture

This is fun for me, I loved singing along with this, there is so much room in here for more vocals and rounds, it has a fun feeling to it, very sweet sounding vocals and that driving bass keeps it moving along, very nice!

cblack's picture

Such a fun song! I'd love to hear a version made by the entire band... It'd be interesting to compare it to this version. Hopefully they like it as much as I did, because this song has a lot going for it. Smile

Vom Vorton's picture

Such a cool bassline, and I love the arrangement you've built around it. The switch from the driving verse to the more freeform chorus with the layered vocal rounds is really great and unusual! Hope the band like it as much as I did.

standup's picture

Lovely song, I love the way the bassline and the synth interact. And that's just a great bassline. The chorus as a round is a really fun idea.

The melody is light and kinda carefree, but the song is about missing someone, being haunted by someone, interesting juxtaposition. Sleep through the day / dark looks the same is one line that grabbed me.

Fuzzy's picture

Oh gosh, Owl doing Krautrock - I think my head might explode from the sheer awesomeness!
Yeah, great bass hook.
Those double vox are magic.
Lovely organ break in the middle there, too.
Such hypnotic goodness.
I always love your stuff, but this is a definite favourite.
So, so wonderful.

metalfoot's picture

I hope your group liked this, because I sure did. I don't know 'krautrock' but I liked the way this song worked. The bass, the synth, the vocals -- all just fit neatly together like a puzzle falling into place.

Mt.Mélodie's picture

Cool tune, like the double vocals, makes me think of Stereolab, Broadcast and one of my recent discoveries Grand Veymont. Like the motorik beat and bassline, nice how it loosens and floats up during the chorus. Be interesting to hear how your new project turns out.

The bass is so perfect holy. Sounds great, a nice tune and man the vocals are great. I like the changes in the beat. The verse really pumps along with that beat, such an interesting tune.

Rob From Amersfoort's picture

I so like what you do with the vocal harmonies, and the organ solo was a pleasant surprise!

pfoo's picture

This is fantastic! It starts out strong with that great bass line, and when the vocals come in - oh yes! The harmonies and vocal doubling are awesome. I like how the lyrics have specific details without spelling out a story - a tangible immersion in loss.