Credit where credit is due but often neglected

So people seem to quite like Hit & Mist, which is pretty awesome and very gratifying. Some of the feedback has been really cool and nice to hear.

What it has reminded me of is something that has privately puzzled me my whole life – how the attention of your average music listener seems to fall entirely on vocalists. While I accept it as a universal truth and don’t mean to appear snobbish or belittle anyone, I find it hard to understand on a personal level. For as long as I can remember my brain has involuntarily dissected and pulled apart music; tracking the bass lines, picking out the pianos, mapping out the drum beats. Don’t get me wrong, I love vocalists. I love singing. I love music driven by lyrics and melody. But when it’s done right there’s so much more depth to music than just what’s front and centre and it’s the folks in the background who lifted this album above the obvious and into something more exciting.

I’m overjoyed that the vocalists on Hit & Mist are getting the applause they rightly deserve, but here are a few of my favorite things about the album that no-one has mentioned yet:

Bria’s fantastic double-tracked violin work on Sweet Mary Lou.
The strings on Silent Whisper and Horse On The Storm.
Abie’s backing vocals on Fields Of Talcontar and Skia Draco. Such a beautiful voice!
Gwen’s beautiful performance on Silent Whisper. Totally made the song what it is.
The drums on Mariana. They were NOT easy, people! 😛
Craig’s bass and Mike’s trumpet on Dark Streets Of Dagger. They totally NAILED the vibe we wanted.

Those are a few of the little things I love about Hit & Mist. I’d love to hear some of yours. 🙂