on July 9, 2019 | Last updated July 9, 2019
MaeThe Fisherman's Song (We All Need Love)
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Authored) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (2)
Let me introduce you to a little band by the name of Mae, short for Multi-sensory Aesthetic Experience." While frequently grouped in with emo bands the likes of Jimmy Eat World and Motion City Soundtrack, I firmly disagree: their style crosses sonic barriers beyond lyrics of heartbreak, and makes something truly their own, in the spirit of indie rock. The Fisherman's Song (We All Need Love) may just be Mae's crowning achievement in this style; and even then, there's several contenders. A nearly 9 minute long epic off of the band's 2009 EP (m)orning (part of their three part EP series Morning, Afternoon, and Evening), The Fisherman's Song tells the story of a man longing to finish a song, so he goes down to the ocean with his guitar, where he meets with a fisherman who shares some wisdom with him to finish his song: "we all need love."
Let's go down the list of notable parts: let's start with drums. Jacob Marshall's drumming on this track has to be some of the most unique I've seen in a while; both in variety and challenge. While not impossible by any stretch, there's still many parts where people will trip up if they're not completely careful, especially during the guitar solo, with an odd ride cymbal/snare combination being a highlight that'll take many hours of practice to get right.
Guitar on this track, gracefully provided by lead vocalist Dave Elkins and guitarist Zach Gehring, starts off with a nice acoustic intro that, while sounding nice, still hides a challenging riff. It then takes you on a journey of several different riffs, ranging from clean guitar strumming to power chords galore. The solo, played by Dave Elkins, puts your chops to the test after a long study session minutes before. The grand finale, in a dueling fashion with bass, is effectively the final boss of this chart; an amalgamation of ascending and descending chords that'll put your fingers in a twist.
Speaking of bass, it gets plenty of action here, too. While I'm not too sure who played bass on this track, I can only assume it was either Elkins or Gehring (my info source doesn't specify exactly), but that doesn't matter. While it mostly follows the guitar chart, it's still its own unique piece of work with occasional riffs thrown in.
Finally, we come to vocals. While the custom may SAY there's a harmony, that's actually false: it's just Elkins singing on this, yet the mix has him cutting into his own words occasionally, so that had to be remedied. As for the actual chart, Elkins' singing on this is astounding; he has a wide range on this track, low notes, high notes (for his chest voice, anyway), softly singing, harshly screaming, all while cramming in a mouthful of lyrics practically every phrase.
Overall, I made this epic the best it could be, and I invite you to try out this custom for yourself to truly experience what Mae has to offer; and that's love for music, love for the world around them. After all, we all need love.
EPILEPSY WARNING FOR THE PREVIEW VIDEO.
(It gets pretty insane.)