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on: October 03, 2020, 07:09:00 PM


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Reply #1 on: October 12, 2020, 09:35:19 PM




Alright, someone get this girl a mic. She's recording all these videos on a phone.

Her cover of "Down In A Hole" went kinda viral (680k views), so that's probably why I got this rec.
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Reply #2 on: October 12, 2020, 09:53:03 PM
Soundz sick! And dig the HXH too ~


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Reply #3 on: October 12, 2020, 10:42:45 PM
She's stunning, honestly.

I have a strong bias towards female vocalists. That's my baseline. Other qualities I prize are unique vocal style and technical prowess. So, you know, singers like Hayley Williams, Elly Jackson, Susanne Sundfor, etc. I think Alicia Widar has that potential. Her vocal control is incredible, and I think I’ve yet to hear a single missed note.

Some of her earliest covers have less emotion (or she doesn't always express it in her face), but she seems to be channeling some real pathos with the two in my last post. And I actually do think there's a lot of subtle emotion in the "Linger" cover. (Hot take: The Cranberries' studio version of that song is a bit emotionally limp, which is strange considering the gut-punch that "Zombie" is.)

Most of these covers have some insane moment that just floors me. In “Down In A Hole,” it’s 2:55–3:40 (approx). In “Jeremy,” its 1:20–1:40.

In “Linger,” it’s really the whole section from 0:50–1:30. She just effortlessly slays it. And gives it a rawness & vulnerability that isn’t there in the original. She even adds an Avril Lavigne-style flourish to “is that the way we stand.”

Her “Say It Ain’t So” cover (below) was posted a year ago, so she's less experienced on the guitar, but her vocals are still on fire. I'm amazed by 2:00, 2:40, and 3:40.


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Reply #4 on: October 15, 2020, 02:55:42 PM
Alicia Widar spotted liking a Chaebae pic ~  a great bias, and she might not cover Twice but dope to know we're once.

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Reply #5 on: October 15, 2020, 04:00:00 PM
A grunge kpop cover would definitely be something.
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Reply #6 on: November 08, 2020, 05:45:52 PM
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Reply #7 on: November 16, 2020, 04:38:30 PM





Well, looks like "Down In A Hole" passed 1 million views. Wow.

Just want to highlight these 2 covers she did a year or two ago that lean a bit more on imitation but are sung with absolute perfection so casually. Especially the Silverchair cover.

Each day that passes without Alicia Widar having access to a studio is a crime against humanity.
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Reply #8 on: November 25, 2020, 10:47:50 PM


The original cover is from her Lana Del Rey phase and isn't my favorite, but... someone added instrumentation, and the results are excellent. Not a bad idea.
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Reply #9 on: November 30, 2020, 01:16:45 AM
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Reply #10 on: November 30, 2020, 09:58:44 AM
Although there's still artifacts in her recordings, i appreciate the slight mixing on the acoustics in her room. Unless this is a touched up mp3, you can hear a lot of space in vocals without that reverb overtaking the guitar.


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Reply #11 on: November 30, 2020, 11:07:30 AM
Actually yeah I made that clip in Logic Pro. I added a gentle reverb with mild modulation. And gain. Didn't do EQ or anything else, though. Alicia adds reverb to some of her videos as well. It just helps add clarity and compensates a bit for bad recording equipment/conditions.

This clip in particular is probably a decent approximation of what she might sound like in a studio. In other videos the guitar can overpower a bit. In this one the guitar is understated and she really projects her voice.

(The original performance is here; it's not that different.)
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Reply #12 on: November 30, 2020, 04:51:54 PM
Ahh makes sense!

Here's hoping she does go for an album -- whether its covers or originalz would be interesting.


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Reply #13 on: November 30, 2020, 05:45:12 PM
She mentioned somewhere that she has written some original songs but isn't sure about them yet, but that she would eventually like to record original songs in a studio. I have no idea when that would be, since she seems to be in absolutely no rush to capitalize on the success of her viral video. (Which is good.)
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Reply #14 on: December 20, 2020, 05:25:38 PM
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