Fingerless is a solo project from Marc Cheesman. He released a lo-fi album entitled Does It Really Though? which contains five songs. He’s a solid songwriter who shows some potential on this effort as well as some things that could use some improvement.
He opens with “Company” which revolves around a basic chord progressions. The best part about the song is the vocals. Unfortunately the vocals are low in the mix and masked by the drums which are so lo-fi sounding that I don’t think they should have been added. The song is also on the sloppy side which is ok at times but it just felt a little too amateurish during certain sections.
Next up is “Aimee's Train” which again is held down by the vocals. The vocals seemed to be double tracked giving a ’60s hormones type vibe. It works well. I was waiting for the song to either gain more energy or feel like it had a significant change but that never happens. There are sections where he isn’t singing that seemed to go on too long. Some sort of lead would have helped around the three-minute mark. Overall, some minor issues but still an enjoyable song.
As an engineer for fifteen years I promise you that digital distortion is not your friend. “The Only Constant” is covered in it with untamed dynamics. I couldn't listen to this song because of the piercing frequencies.
That's not the case with a clear highlight “Old As The Hills” which properly uses saturation and distortion from an amp. I thought the instrumental work was his finest moment. That being said I wanted a little more vocal work. He closes with “Mirage” which was the other highlight that really stuck out. The production on this track sounds much better than the other tracks. There is some space with the instrumentation and it is mostly atmospheric and ambient.
Cheesman certainly has some talent. He has great initial ideas for songs but it seems like he's either afraid to take them into different places or doesn’t know how to. I think his songwriting could benefit from being more compact and implementing more transitions that feel like the songs are headed somewhere.
I’d recommend that he works with a producer or engineer on his next effort. If that's not the case I think he should do a little bit studying of how EQ cutting technique helps create more space in a mix.
Apparently Cheesman found a bassist and drummer. I think that working with other people will open up some possibilities for him as well. Overall, I think there is a boatload of potential here and with a little bit more direction I could see good things happening for him. Keep your ears on him.
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