Ceridwen is a musician from Florida who recently released a self-titled effort Ceridwen. The album contains fifteen tracks and is part of a #sadsongsunday songwriting challenge the artist did with her producer.
Ceridwen displays some talent on this album which contains electronic beats, piano vocals and more. That being said there is a lot of room for improvement from this young producer.
If she wants to self-produce I think it will behoove her to continue to learn about engineering and the tools she can use to be competitive with commercial releases. Although there were a good amount of virtual instruments her vocals could have used better treatment with reverb, EQ and compression. Digital can often make recordings sound too raw and that was the case here. She needs to careful of digital distortion.
There is a lot of music on this album. Fifteen tracks which is practically a double album's worth of music was a lot to digest. Along the way she has some hits and misses. I thought the songwriting was solid and the music felt cohesive.
She opens with “Work Hard” which revolves around prominent drums, piano and her vocals. The song is pretty catchy and her vocals carry the melody. She quickly introduces more synths and sounds to her arsenal. Take for instance “Canvas” which contains angelic voice synths and is one of the highlights. “Geology” has warm atmospheric pads. As the album progresses “Old House,” “Heart in a Canning Jar” and “Carrier Pigeon” are the highlights.
Ceridwen seems to be on the cusp of being able to break through to another level. I’d say some of the virtual instruments sounded a little too much like virtual instruments and I would encourage her to sample, tweak and turn these elements to have them not sounding like they came right out of the box.
Ceridwen shows promise and potential here. If she keeps digging into production I have no doubt you will see her evolution take place.
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