Calliope Mori – Kamouflage – TOB Vocal Cover

So Calli along with holoMyth and holoEN is going two years, and this cover of a track from Calli’s first major-label EP, SHINIGAMI NOTE, is pretty much my commemorative upload for it. And yes, I decided to use the presence of the lyric “‘Play the role of ‘bad girl”” as a way for my take on this to be sassier on top of manlier, because hey, that is how I look at Calli at the very least: a crudely badass woman I’d like to spend my time fancily bullying into further improvement. Of course, it’s fine if she doesn’t notice my stuff. I’d even call it a miracle, since she seems to have a tendency to fixate on worthless feedback, which I think my feedback usually is, even and especially with how I tend to write like a wannabe reviewer, which is a double whammy because I heard that reviewers are supposed to be snobs.

And speaking of snobbery, yes, I did do some censoring on my cover here. I’d also like to say that I am a firm believer in sounding more insulting without using textbook curses. Still, this song is my favorite off the EP, which, along with “MERA MERA” being my second favorite, definitely is also saying something about how I perceive the quality of the whole thing (Hint: It also has me down bad at best). Not like having alfonsomusic remake the groovy instrumental, myself work these intricate vocals, and Shig do the effect-heavy audio engineering weren’t a fun challenge to me, though. I mean, what is an ordinary Tobby day without him plotting to outdo the Grim Reaper’s First Apprentice? And I like to think that I’m styling on her with my finer vocal control and wider emotional range. She still has me beat at emotional power and audio engineering quality, though.

Now, before I go TMI some more, here’s a link to this cover’s mp3. Also, again, I’d love some honest constructive feedback from you folks. You might find yourself with more range than you think here, too.

Mumei Nanashi – A New Start – TOB Vocal Cover

Huh, what a coincidence: The last time I covered a song with Japanese lyrics in its original form, Calli was involved in it. And now here’s me covering another song with Calli involvement, which I also find funny thanks to Mumei’s horror inclinations. Anyway, glad to know more about Calli helping around there, alright.

Oh, and I feel like Mumei and I have similar vibes in terms of singing voices and horrifying craziness, but I think mine are way more unrefined and boorish. I’m also getting the feeling that bass boosting is essential to mixing my vocals, as it’s a very me thing to have my tenor voice all up in our ears, so yeah, also sending big thanks to Shigeru again for the help on that garbage dumping. X”D

And now, this cover’s mp3. Also, honest constructive feedback, please, though you’re free to flame me instead, considering the likely more numerous good reasons for that.

Calliope Mori – Ijimekko Bully – TOB Vocal Cover

Indeed, I’ve been longing to cover a Your Mori. track, and now here’s one after another cover of a Calli song! This song is also one of my two favorites from Calli’s second EP, the other favorite being “Red.” And I consider Your Mori. Calli’s best work so far, especially thanks to how she manages to elevate the character play into something profound with her own personality in it. With that said, what I particularly like about “Ijimekko Bully” is how engagingly serious she expresses being a functional self-loather, and then there’s how the lightness of her voice carrying those dark lyrics makes the song sound wonderfully unsettling as well. Oh, and if you’re wondering about how I got an instrumental for this track, I got help from alfonsomusic, who did it so freaking well and so freaking quickly! Big thanks to that guy, alright!

Now, as for my approach to performing this song, well, I went for the more visceral sort of unsettling, beastly vibes included. I found that harder to express through the double-time raps, while the slow vocals were easier work. I also added harmonies into the raps. And speaking of which, I’ve been starting to further think that I may be better at vocal performance than at writing lyrics.

But even then, I gotta have good sound quality along with my recorded vocals, and I’m not really good at that stuff, so yeah, I’d like to send big thanks to MegaMat for doing audio engineering here. Special mention goes to how he blended spectral vibes into the intoxicated and maniacal vibes. It also seems like he’s quite a Dead Beat, and that may have been a factor in how smoothly this work was done. And speaking of which, maybe I should try joining that one Dead Beat Discord server sometime?

As for the visual aspects of this production, I asked for ringgopan’s help again thanks to how she draws fancy stuff so well, and yeah, I’d like to send big thanks for those really flattering drawings of me. Like, gosh dang, I look so manly along with classy, I can’t believe it. And I put her on crunch time, too! I feel so freaking humbled as well there, alright.

I also aimed to have a color scheme of black, white, and blue to accompany my more visceral take on the song. I especially enjoyed learning more about the blue rose along the way, and now I’m more curious about that one Suisei song. And I figured out how to use Camera Control on AviUtl again. Still mostly feeling my way around all that video effects and editing stuff, though. But I feel particularly confident about my work on the second verse.

Now here’s an mp3 copy of this cover. And again, please give me honest constructive feedback.

Tobby tried to sing “Yuukei Yesterday”

So, Jin’s “After Story” is freaking awesome, and you should check it out. Also, Jin himself is singing there.

Now, as for the Jin stuff that’s the main star of this post, I picked “Yuukei Yesterday” thanks to my own experiences with what I think might be my own brand of tsundere that I’m not gonna explain further so explicitly right now. That, and for a KagePro song, it’s pretty easy to sing. And then there’s how my more popped-up taste in music got me grooving to this more lately. Yeah, I think I realized how much this song really screams tsundere in a deep and profound way, especially with how it paints a picture of how hard it is for us foolish humans to identify and, by extension, wield true love. I mean, seriously, us imperfect nuts are supposed to love our fellow imperfect nuts? Yeah, that’s a question we foolish humans often struggle to properly ask and answer.

As for the more technical stuff in the making of this, I very much enjoyed putting character into my singing here, and I felt like I really have improved in singing with character. RERO definitely helped enhance how that sounds on the record, too, also helping me make my first KagePro vocal cover with actually decent audio quality, something I never bothered to have in the years before, hahaha…Anyway, again, thanks very much for your help, RERO!

Now, here’s the mp3 for this vocal cover, yo~

And hey, I’d like some honest constructive feedback!

Yorushika – Burglar – Lisa the Tearer Vocal Cover

Yorushika – Burglar – Lisa the Tearer Vocal Cover

some commentary on Lisa the Tearer by his manager, The Overlord Bear/Jem De Ocampo

Now here’s something that’s more like Lisa the Tearer, especially considering how much of a knockoff he is.


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Tobby tried to sing “Donut Hole”

It’s my first song cover for the year 2021, and I’ve come to believe that at this point in my life, I’d be stupid to not commission a better audio engineer to work on my music vocals at the very least. So yeah, big thanks to Shigeru for his freaking awesome work on my vocals for this cover! Now I’m even more motivated to work on music stuff, among a lot of other wonderful things!

Also, speaking of Hachi/Kenshi Yonezu, some time after recording vocals for this cover and before today, I decided to give his YANKEE album a full listen, complete with going through vgperson’s translations of the album’s lyrics, and man, it got me wanting to listen to it more and more and again and again! I already knew about it during its release year, too, but I didn’t really have the interest and opportunity to give it a full listen until now, though I don’t know if I would’ve appreciated it back then as much as I do now. I don’t know if I can make a TRY for it yet, though, if ever, but I do know that I want to listen to it more and learn more about it.

Now, I’d like to talk more about music stuff, but I think I should keep them secret for now for more fun. So here’s the mp3 while you wait or whatever~ 😀

And of course, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated!

Tobby tried to sing “Shutter Chance”

Funnily enough, I’m trying to be perfectionist about writing something here, a post about a song which has a persona that’s trying to be perfectionist. Now, what else am I going to say…well, I guess I’m working on my audio engineering skills some more? I bothered to read some more quick guides on the stuff. I hope you’d notice at least a bit of significant improvement, then, if there’s any. Also, I’d like to send my thanks to Hirochan again for giving this a pre-upload listen plus feedback.

Still, as usual, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated.

Also, cover mp3.

Now, see ya next time, fellow nuts.

Tobby tried to sing “Noushou Sakuretsu Girl”

Yeah, this is a somewhat off-schedule post. I’d complain, but I don’t think I have much right to do so, considering my laziness in more important IRL stuff, so yeah. I won’t deny that I’m feeling bugged out right now, though.

That aside, this song shot up my priority list as I found myself with a revived interest in rapping, which was also thanks to a friend named Hirochan, who once went by the name Arksh. I call this a warm-up for that, though the real rap records will actually be showing up way later than I first thought, as I feel like I should spend more time exercising my audio engineering skills first. I’ve been spending some time practicing rapping certain rewritten original lyrics I’ve found myself confident enough with, though.

Now, here’s the mp3 for this cover. And of course, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated.

Tobby tried to sing “Lost Time Memory”

Considering how my throat’s been acting up a lot after this one’s recording process, I feel like Persona 4‘s Teddie in that funny flattened form right now. Pat also pointed out how the messed-up instrumental sound quality gets in the way of my more or less good vocals, and I agree with her. But freaking nuts, I still managed to make a remotely listenable recorded performance with this song, something way better than the last time I tried!

Indeed, I’ve been loving this song more than I first expected. After all those college years, I found this truckload of feels a lot more fun to watch and listen to. Seriously, Shintaro’s growth never sunk into me that much until now. Praise and thanks be to God Almighty very much again!

Now, here’s the mp3. And again, honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated!

Tobby tried to sing “Chikyuu Saigo no Kokuhaku wo”

I have gotten myself a job recently. I’m also gonna have to wake up some time before the sun rises every weekday to catch a quick enough bus ride. There’s also the matter of some remaining required bureaucracy. Still, it’s a job I can handle, otherwise I wouldn’t be hired. So yeah, I gotta have faith. God Almighty keep on helping us all, and praise and thanks be to Him very much yet again for the strength and the challenges!

Anyway, before this holiday (National Heroes’ Day) ends and I go back to work and all that tomorrow, here’s something I cooked up during the past few weeks. I remember this song as a gruff close friend’s surprising favorite, and I think I understand what he means better now, too. For one, compared to other kemu songs, this feels very grown-up as much it feels very youthful.

Regarding the work on this cover, I have Pat to thank for help in getting the audio engineering right and Arikawa for noting my need to learn Japanese pronunciation better. And if there’s a part I particularly like, then it’s the last chorus.

Now, here’s the mp3.

Honest constructive feedback is highly encouraged and will be highly appreciated!