I critiqued this production from the version on the Now 83 compilation, so here are some
credits from Wikipedia:
Writing: Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Brian Lee
Mixing: Robert Orton
Mastering: Ted Jensen
Vocal Production (Carly Rae
Jepsen): Ryan Stewart (Not sure the dedicated vocal production really made much of a
difference here, but if it did then I'm glad we didn't end up hearing the 'before'
Vocal Recording (Carly Rae Jepsen): Ken Friesen
who's familiar with the format of the Now compilations will already be aware that they
tend to list the most popular singles earliest on each disc, so I'll let you draw your own
conclusions from 'Fireflies' being track two on Now 75, 'Call Me Maybe' being track two on
Now 82, and 'Good Time' being track 11 on Now 83.
There's an example of
bitcrusher-style distortion being used to create an upper spectral 'bracket' around an
essentially dull sound in the main keyboard sound (heard best during the introduction),
another recent example being Katy Perry's 'Wide Awake' (with a different engineer at the
helm). Listening again just now, the little synth hook during the intro also caught my
attention. It could have been tossed off, but there are nice little pitch-sweeps at the
beginning and end, and the sprinkling of vibrato on the final note is another appealing
Oh, and if you're also a sucker for finger cymbals, check out Nelly
Furtado's breakthrough hit 'I'm Like A Bird' if you've not heard that already...
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