Todd Herfindal

Todd Herfindal

Title: Songwriter, Musician, Producer, Engineer, Indie Record Label
Genres: Rock, Alternative, Pop, R&B, Indie Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Americana
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Bio: Todd Herfindal has been wrangling the jangle out of rootsy power pop, bluesy indie rock for years now as singer, guitarist… read more

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song: Out Of My Tree
artist: Jason Montero

genre: Rock - Classic
stats: playlists: 3 | song plays: 184
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?
Rock

What is an appropriate title for this song?
Salvation Is Hard (Out Of My Tree also works)

What artist does this song most remind you of?
Stone Temple Pilots

What best describes the subject matter of this song?
Concepts - Philosophy

What era does this song fall under?
1990 - 1999

What best describes the mood of this song?
Agitated - Restless

Song Analysis
Quality of Lyrics
4/5

Quality of the Hook
3/5

Quality of the Verses
4/5

Quality of the Chorus
3/5

Quality of the Breaks
4/5

Quality of Instrumentation
4/5

Quality of Arrangement
4/5

Quality of the Melody
3/5

Quality of the Chord Progression
3/5

Quality of the Instrumental Hooks
3/5

Marriage Between Chorus and Verse
3/5

Marriage Between Music and Lyrics
4/5

Instrumentation
Quality of the Instrument/Sound Selection
4/5

Quality of the Lead Performances
4/5

Quality of the Meter
4/5

Quality of Keyboards
4/5

Quality of Guitar
4/5

Quality of Bass
4/5

Quality of Percussion
4/5

Quality of Other Instruments
4/5

Quality of Intro/Opening Line
4/5

Vocals
Quality of the Vocal Pitch
4/5

Quality of Vocal Phrasing and Performance
4/5

Quality of the Backup Vocals
4/5

Quality of Vocal
4/5

Production
Quality of Recording (Techniques)
4/5

Quality of Mix
3/5

Originality of Song
3/5

Overall Rating
4/5

Quality of the Title
3/5

General Comments

Strong lead vocals with emotions that come across as real and palpable. The lyrics are introspective, observational, philosophical and thoughtful. The arrangement has some unexpected qualities, like how the percussion-driven quiet verses pair nicely to the louder, more aggressive choruses. The female sounding background vocals are nice compliment to the strong lead singing.

All in all the mix is strong. Most of the elements within the mix can be heard and identified. There are a couple moments in the chorus where the lead vocals get a little buried or too low in volume. "BUILDING <(too low in volume) cages when I long to be free" "GIVING <(too low in volume) is easy. . salvation is hard."

Raising the vocal volume in those moments and/or adding some light compression to even the chorus vocal volume could help.

This is the kind of track with the super loud choruses and quiet verses. . where adding some ambience like reverb or delay to the chorus lead/harmony vocals could help add to the drama of both musical sections being so dramatically different. It could help make the chorus stand out even more. Just a production idea for you to consider. The vocal FX could be subtle or not so subtle. You would need to experiment to see what works best.

I mostly hear 90s Alt. rock influences, which at this point fall under a classic rock category, so your style attributions are spot on. I really enjoyed the track. Best of luck! . . .and keep up the good work!


Quote From Pro:

Jason Montero has got a real knack for crafting thoughtful, observational, philosophical lyrics that touch on universal themes. It's refreshing to hear real ensemble musicians doing their thing well.


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