Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from Coral Springs (US) artists Kurt Gott and Cary Scope. Christine is released today, March 10, 2023, and was written as a tribute to Christine McVie, singer/songwriter and keyboardist from the legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac, and what a tribute this is.
The song begins with piano and a simple drum pattern and grabs your attention immediately. We found ourselves slow-nodding all the way through this track with its relaxed soft rock feel.
When the lead vocals come in, they reminded us very much of Billy Joel, with much character and emotion in them, this is a really heartfelt song and a fitting tribute to a wonderful artist. The vocals are clear and easy to discern. Every lyric pulls at your heartstrings.
There are some gorgeous incidental guitars between the lyric lines and the harmonies in the choruses blend perfectly, giving the song a slightly Fleetwood Mac feel at these moments. We absolutely loved the unexpected major chord at the end of the chorus.
Christine has a beautifully crafted guitar solo, with two guitars working in conjunction with each other perfectly to create a melody line with gorgeous harmonies.
Ideas from our ears
A fairly large low shelf boost set around 140Hz with an additional boost around 80-85Hz would add a great deal of extra warmth and fullness to the low end. A couple of cuts in the vocal track around 300Hz and again around 475Hz will reduce some resonant peaks probably as a result of the recording room. A small but wider boost around 2.5kHz with another in the top 2 octaves would add some more character and brightness overall too. A single-band compressor on the bottom 3 octaves would control the low-end peaks created by the EQ boost and finally, a light compressor/limiter on the whole mix would fuse the track together and add a final tough of warmth and volume. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
Kurt Gott and Cary Scope have written a highly listenable and emotional tribute to Christine McVie that will touch the hearts of its listeners. We’re thrilled to hear Kurt and Cary will be working together more in the future, and look forward to hearing much more from this talented duo.
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