Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from LA-based Husband and wife duo, Mike and Mandy.
Timeworn was released on January 10, 2023, and has an 80s Europop vibe to it. Speaking of the subject matter, Mandy, who wrote the song, says, “This song was a result of ‘going downward and inward,’ says Mandy, who wrote the track. Contemplating, yearning, and feeling those difficult, sometimes contradictory feelings of both lightness and heaviness, joy and sorrow.”
Timeworn grabs your attention immediately with Mandy’s warm and present vocals. Her voice is clear in the mix with an intimate, close-mic feel. You can hear all the nuances in her voice and the breathiness makes it extremely endearing and captivating to listen to.
Accompanying Mandy’s voice at the start are some stereo and chorus guitar downstrokes. By the time the pattern repeats, a simple bass line is added followed by an electronic kick drum.
Timeworn feels superbly 80s and has a definite European feel to it. A great achievement for a duo from Los Angeles.
The rise and fall within this track maintains the listeners’ interest with the addition of different instrumentation and particularly by changes in the drum patterns throughout the song.
We love the breakdown with swirling reverbs that builds back into a repeated chorus, with some lovely subtle harmonies, to the end.
Ideas from our ears
A boost around 50Hz and a cut around 2.5kHz on the kick drum sound would balance it out a little, giving it a bit more ‘thump’. A boost around 140Hz in the bass would give the track a little extra ‘thickness’. To our ears, there is a little excess character around 5kHz in the vocal track so a small cut here would help. Finally, a light compressor/limiter and maybe 3dB of make-up gain would add extra warmth to the track as well as raising the overall volume to match similar releases. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
For fans of 80s electropop, Mike and Mandy’s, Timeworn, will delight your ears. Intimate and charming female vocals soaring over electropop heaven with swirling guitars and synths. Recommended.