15 March, 2012
Tim Medrek - Florida (for Laurie)
Tim Medrek is a guitarist who composes, records, mixes and publishes his own songs. He admits in his biography that he had been planning on writing songs and getting into the music business for many years now, but life choices and priorities directed Tim on different paths throughout his career.
This American musician who hails from Massachusetts came up with a calm classic rock song based on a melodic riff and a few interesting guitar solos. "Florida (for Laurie)" is an instrumental composition, so it allows listeners to focus on Tim's guitar playing skills.
In the beginning you can hear a beautiful, melodic riff with a gentle pulsing beat in the background. The music then redirects the listener into the next part of the composition where bass and drums additionally appear. Together they bring up atmospheres reminiscent of songs by Boston and Lynyrd Skynyrd, both of whom are not quite casual stars of 70's rock music after all. Then, the hook of the song comprising the primary riff returns. There's a very well played sobbing guitar solo that comes in afterward which reminds me of the crafted playing styles of Carlos Santana (one of Tim's musical inspirations). This brings dynamics and puts genuine life into this composition at the same time. It's the most entertaining part of the song where Tim shows some of his best musical abilities.
Mixing and mastering are small minuses of "Florida (for Laurie)" however. Some parts are glued stiff which makes them seem to miss smooth transitions. Sudden cuts may be good for experimental music, but we are talking about classic rock styles here. Some parts of the song sound more like jamming rather than a tight arrangement and should possibly be trimmed. The ending also could have been slightly extended as well since Tim decided to utilize a fade out in the mix. All of which are an easy fix.
Overall, Tim Medrek brings interesting ideas and turns out to be a skilled guitar player. It's never too late to return to one's passions. His song "Florida (for Laurie)" should be welcomed by those of you who prefer to be surrounded by the vibes and spirit of the 60's and 70's classical rock and blues music genres. (Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Magazine, February 18th, 2012)
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