Woman or Man

Woman or Man

Hypnotist's picture



Liner Notes: 

I have no idea what this is, but it was visited upon me today. I'm not a very good judge of how weird a song is, or if I've gone too far with the weirdness, so don't hesitate to call me out on it.

I started humming the verse to myself on the walk home this morning, and I felt like it needed a chorus at lunchtime so just sang this one. Then this evening I've been trying to put backing to the naked vocal sketch.

These words just came out, and I'm toying with the idea of only improving the middle 8 and just leaving the verses as is. I quite like songs with repeated verses as well as choruses, though that could just be laziness.

I have no idea if there is any actual musicality to the chord progression of the weird vibrato horns in the middle 8, but I felt like I'd go with it, as it offered a contrast to the fairly "straight" verse and chorus.

In terms of songwriting, how would you improve it? I suppose you have a confident sense of the destination, and I don't. So if you do I'm all ears. I like it though.

[edit: oh, and yay for wonky three part harmony!]


I want the love of my life it don't matter
if it's a love of a woman or man

woman or man

I had it all - but left it on the shelf
I had a ball - but not my special hell
I had it all - but left it on the shelf
I had a ball, oh yes, I had a ball

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


davidtaro's picture

I love it. Has a kind of Casio bossa nova thing going on. In the best possible sense. I’m pretty sure the structure is solid. That m8 is a lovely contrast and really interesting musically. I was half-wondering if you could add just another little element on that last chorus (maybe a complementary backing vocal or some synth strings/brass). But that might also ruin the vibe. Oh and I love that strangely off kilter bass line which seems to be only half sure whether it’s in the right song, but works so well as a result. Nice work!

Hypnotist's picture

Ha ha, thanks for the patented FAWM-like positivity! I can feel my dependency starting to reassert itself already. But seriously, thanks for listening to this madness. I agree about the bassline - I just plopped it all out, just to see what would happen. I didn't know what would have sounded more at home than this.

I totally love the Dirty Vibrato horn section that comes with the free Spitfire LABS instrument set. Its just quite rare to find something that you can use it for. Ah - I totally see what you mean about the last chorus. It probably could do with a nice fillip.

Thanks as always!

standup's picture

Cool harmonies, and "dirty vibrato" made me want to listen for sure.

There are interesting elements to the sound, the kalimba(?), cool bass line, the horns, the keyboards. Lots going on here.

The melody too, travels nicely. I like the space in this song.

I don't have suggestions, it's catchy and the groove is pretty good. If it was me I'd let it sit and come back to it later this year to assess it. But I like it as is, actually.

Hypnotist's picture

Thanks so much. I used a music box (again from Spitfire LABS), doubling a piano sometimes. Just lots of other random stuff without really thinking too much about how it went together, as that can be more fun sometimes. I agree - letting things sit is sometimes really instructive.
Anyway, thanks!

OdilonGreen's picture

I like the weirdness - I like the lyrics, and the quirkiness, and that it feels like it’s saying something real, but also approaching it a bit obliquely to make the listener think. Plus, the music is just bouncy and fun!

Fuzzy's picture

Well first up, you can never go too far with the weirdness.
I'm really enjoying the slightly wonky vocal harmonies.
Great vocals on the bridge for sure.
This track is really catchy and hooky.
Now I'm gonna have an earworm for the rest of the day!