robin746 wrote:Mutt Lange's production work on The Fine Art of Surfacing is a thing of beauty. Loved it on release and love it still. But it's also down to the dense arrangements and songwriting skill of the band, who were at the top of their form. Luckily I saw them on this tour.
The compact disk masters suck unfortunately. Brick wall at its worst.
But I agree with the others. You're not going to get "that sound" with mastering.
Your song seems to have the basics in place but the mix is a bit lifeless. Undertones are indeed a better reference point plus you have that punked-out rockabilly feeling working for you.
Yeah that album is fantastic. My first true facsination for a band. I loved those playful songs. The synths and vocal effects. You really don't get much of that full on creativity these days. I suspect mixing is a big part of that album. Mutt Lange has done some great work.
I agree that the old song I've got linked it's a bit lifeless. It quickly gets boring, but like I said it was cheap and quickly done. This new song is better and more gnarly. The Undertones is indeed a better reference for audio. But I dig that skinny guitar on Looking After No. 1