Coredata — Lark / Theta [Forescape Digital]

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Lark
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Forescape Digital
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Sep 7, 2020
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EP
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Jonny Royall aka Coredata is back on Forescape with a wicked 2-track EP of the proper underground Progressive Trance. Both tracks share the trademark Platipus sound but upgraded to the 2020 standards. Simply outstanding.

Out now via Beatport, Spotify and Bandcamp!
 

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Love both!

His strong card is the rhytmic bassline patterns. They work great a gives that badass vibe to them, but for me theres more to desire from his producions. But good for what they are for sure.
 
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Love both!

His strong card is the rhytmic bassline patterns. They work great a gives that badass vibe to them, but for me theres more to desire from his producions. But good for what they are for sure.

Yeah to be honest as an A&R in most cases I've no idea what to tell him to improve when he sends me a new demo, I'm just getting in love with the basslines and that's it haha
 

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Lark starts of phenomenally well, but that bassline gets in the way of proper groove. I think a housey bassline would've worked better here. Otherwise pretty good and refreshing. Theta is pretty nice as well. Though I'm not sure what to think about hearing the same basslines (sounds). I don't think that, as a producer, you should be identified by a single instrument or a gimmick (even if it is done with taste, like here).

Now don't get me wrong, for trance in 2020, these are pretty great, and Coredata seems like a great producer. It's just my little way of providing some feedback because I was able to detach since I didn't fall in love with the basslines. :D
 
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Lark starts of phenomenally well, but that bassline gets in the way of proper groove. I think a housey bassline would've worked better here. Otherwise pretty good and refreshing. Theta is pretty nice as well. Though I'm not sure what to think about hearing the same basslines (sounds). I don't think that, as a producer, you should be identified by a single instrument or a gimmick (even if it is done with taste, like here).

Now don't get me wrong, for trance in 2020, these are pretty great, and Coredata seems like a great producer. It's just my little way of providing some feedback because I was able to detach since I didn't fall in love with the basslines. :D

That's excellent feedback, thank you! I'll pass the link to this thread to Coredata to check :)
 
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Now this is it. This is effin amazing. Theta is absolutely insane. Keep them coming.
 
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After a few more listens I have my own bit of feedback and its similar to Daysleeper's in that I hear more to be desired (more potential to be untapped) and this is only because I think the songs sound very very nice and so close to hitting a truly special mark.

Lark is probably the best example , where at 6:02 the bassline changes, there's some more space opening up, then synths start to grow and it feels like the track is arriving/building to a moment and be elevated to a new point. The problem is its very short and doesn't actually progress into that emotional peak I am hoping for. It's not a big synth or melodic moment I am necessarily looking for, more that the new phase of emotion brought on by the bassline change could continue and be added to, elevating it even more real feeling and memorability. I guess it's a little more expression juxtaposed against the 10/10 driving/raw/building elements which make up 75% of the track.

Still loving them both btw, just had enough time to ponder them to some extent.
 

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Well said @Hensmon

I was actually about to write a bit of the opposite now after some listens that they are pretty much perfect (in the most resonable sense) and that I dont like anything to be added, especially not some potentially cheesy melody or whatever.

But yeah, its that listening journey im after, subtle changes in the arrangemnt or adding/removing certain elements is a strong card that Im going to like it, if its done with class.

I dont think "underground" trancemakers shouldbe afraid to add a little bit of melody or chords either.
 
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Having listened to both tracks a couple of times with proper headphones, dac and amp I must say; Both tracks absolutely bang. I really enjoy this more subtle approach from him with more focus on beats and the technical aspects of structure. The melody is pushed back a bit, just like some progressive tracks from the early 2000. Big thumbs up from me.
 

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Lark is the better of the two, wicked bassline. The beats in Theta are too hard, otherwise a nice track. Not sure why he felt the need for such thumping beats, just gives you a headache after a couple of listens. :)
 

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But yeah, its that listening journey im after, subtle changes in the arrangemnt or adding/removing certain elements is a strong card that Im going to like it, if its done with class.

I dont think "underground" trancemakers should be afraid to add a little bit of melody or chords either.

Yep exactly, I wanted the expression of a story/journey to give me more emotion, but not in the traditional 'here's a powerful melody I made'. The stuff JOOF plays is sometimes so on point with the banging/driving/set-up part but then never develops or asks more of my mind, it just stays stale and unremarkable. I am always wanting the producers to be 'less afraid' as you say, to show some expression or storytelling.

Art of Trance - Mongoose (Tektonic Remix) is a great one to look at (especially as Coredata is a clear AoT fan). First @0:00- 2:50 is the driving/serious part, building and setting the tone, it feels like its about to take you somewhere, and then at @2:50 there is the first subtle (important) shift which really starts to elevate it and add something. Then @3:20 there is another subtle but very effective change in emotion + memorability is added from vocals (still building). Then @4:07 is the next change with the breakdown (a wonderful expressive piano) and eventually the serious/driving slowly creeps back in completely @4:50 for another change, until finally all previous elements release together @5:04 when the build hits its climax and you've been through the ups/downs, serious/uplifting feelings, memorable moments, subtle moments etc it all comes together. And then finally @6:00 back to the serious outro, which also feels appropriate and intrinsic to the journey, not just for practicality of a mix-out.


It's a complete package of storytelling, there are so many shifts, changes or phases happening (7), often just 30/50 seconds after the last one. It probably does feel a bit prescriptive or mechanical to break the music down into 'numbers of parts/changes', as I don't think more changes = better track, but the Mongoose remix just demonstrates how small things can make a big difference and really build and express by using those individual changes to create the larger whole at the climax. Coredata probably didn't even want to make a Trance track like Mongoose here, but I still think it gives some good insights. Anyway enough Trance analysis, back to my job haha.
 
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Whoever doesnt like this is a unicorn. Whoever disagrees with me is also a nasty unicorn
 
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Theta...Lark... I cannot choose a favorite. Great work on these. Already that’s 4 or 5 Coredata tracks in my top choices this year