A little pressing issue that i have always had with some acoustic singer songwriter type things is that i always feel like there is a more creative way to go about the final product of their songs.
take for example this song “Change” by Banks. the acoustic version is totally fine and compelling because the song is great to begin with.
but check out this final product.
Tim Anderson, knew that making a record for her was not simply putting up a mic and recording everything that made a sound. Its a well crafted piece of music taking in consideration timbres, instrumentation and arrangement.
So many times, artists who have songs crafted on a piano veer towards putting some kind of band setup and consider that a produced version.
I have always felt like that there is a more productive and creative way to go about things for certain artists. I think this is an excellent example.
Don’t get me wrong, i love acoustic singer songwriter stuff. Cat Stevens is one of my great heroes and i grew up listening to him. It just depends on the artist i guess.
Maybe the point of this post is to try and challenge the way people think about production and how to go about their final products. Adapting to the times and seeing what other people are doing. Referencing tracks is something that has been taught to me and has been valuable in going about the stuff i do.
I dont know, i just needed to say it i guess. Peace!