Jude reviews SeaStars 2007

Jude (one of the guys from the Media Socialists group) was kind enough to review the album, all the way from the US (where he’s pursuing his Ph.D).


… a textbook case of how the production, publicity and distribution of the album was aided by technology and the internet.

Ivan has solicited for reviews from bloggers in his network and one common criticism has been that the tracks seem similar to each other after a while. I have to agree and feel that this issue is a result of the form of collaborative production (emailing tracks back and forth) between Ivan and Adrian.

Maybe something to consider for the next iteration of the album would be to not tackle something as ambitious as a whole album in one go.

Perhaps, taking the approach of famous music podcaster “Poddington Bear” – who releases a new song every alternate day, the duo might think about releasing one track at a time? …

Adrian and Ivan might get feedback even earlier from their fans and critics if they blog each track as they go. The album will come together as a result.

The standout track on the album for me so far has to be “Flowing with the waves”. It’s an interesting track that sits in the middle of the album (and hence between the stars and the sea?).

The instrumentation here is very good and the performance of the track is all heart and communicates the track’s message of just going with the tides and currents.

I believe this is what makes the amateur artist in the era of the internet stand out – the belief and sincerity of their work.

And more importantly, to play like you’re having fun in this whole endeavor. To be the rock stars that you could never be in the humdrum mundaneness of the daily job and life 🙂

Jude’s full post, here.

“Closet amateur musician/ artist”, Jude?

But Adrian and myself never hid anything! LOL

Draft SeaStars 2007 cover art

Jude suggested that we release individual tracks rather than the entire album.

Actually, we did just that.

For Adrian and myself, when we felt each track was ready, we published it on the blog and solicited for comments. Most notably, the Into The Deep track, where I decided to revised the guitar effects after some unexpected — but valid — comments.

But not all our friends bother to comment for each individual release. In the end, I got a lot more responses (from the same people ) when I said the album was complete and ready for review.

I guess people prefer to listen to albums rather than individual tracks.

Or maybe the lure of the word “FREE” (CD for helping us review). Heh.

~ Ivan


~ by Ivan Chew on January 9, 2008.

2 Responses to “Jude reviews SeaStars 2007”

  1. Hi Jude, thanks for that review and its great to know you enjoyed flowing with the waves. The song is about the energy of the waves and the ocean and I tried to transmute(?) that through the guitars and strumming.

    You are also right that we should, at least in the next leg, try to put in a whole lot more in a single song. I was pretty guilty of fleeting like a butterfly from one song to another but boy, the songs were just appearing and needed to be played. Ivan and I were sort of one a roll. Better than getting stuck but I wished I was a better composer …. Thank you

  2. […] And I mailed a package to Jude who’s residing in the US at the moment (who gave his review here). […]

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