SEAN KENNEDY – MEMORY

Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from New York’s, Sean Kennedy. Memory is released today, February 10, 2023.

Memory is written from a first-person perspective where Sean asks his partner to focus on the positives of their relationship, even if it doesn’t last. It is a catchy, bouncy and positive feeling modern folk/pop track.

Starting with a picked guitar with some long-held synth sounds, Memory eases the listener in gently, building as it progresses. Sean’s vocals are clear in the mix and lyrically, this is a real positive-feeling love song. (“I still get butterflies every time I feel your touch”)

The running bass line in places is interesting and the addition of a 16-beat tambourine in the choruses draws the listener in to ensure they pay extra attention at this point. The chorus is catchy and the melody is simple. The listener will undoubtedly find themselves singing along – the extra vocals in the choruses are an indication to the listener to join in too.

The rise and fall in this track is done well. The soundscape is dynamic and we particularly liked the change-up in the middle 8 which lead to a great breakdown section with panned guitars and vocals. The build after the breakdown is done especially well and explodes back into the chorus.

The repeated melody in the vocal line is broken up with the addition of some interesting echoes in places (“Let’s just try”) and some guitar fills and percussive moments.

Ideas from our ears

A couple of EQ cuts around 200-250Hz and again around 600-700Hz would reduce some ‘muddy’ and ‘honky’ tones. A boost right across the top 3 octaves with an additional boost around 4kHz would increase the brightness and presence in the track too. Another great way to increase the top end would be to use a single-band compressor on the top 2 octaves with a little make-up gain. Finally, a light compressor/limiter on the whole mix with some more make-up gain would increase the warmth in the track as well as raising the overall volume to match similar releases. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.

Final thoughts

Sean Kennedy’s latest single, Memory, comes from his forthcoming fourth album release, Forever Us. A simple and upbeat song about holding onto the good times in life.