Mike Harty / Mike Harty / Marilou

Good playing and arrangements let down by poor recording quality.

The playing is tight and has a feeling reminiscent of the 70s and early 80s the chorused guitar at times sounding like Andy Summers from the police, at other times the band sounds quite a lot like Rush with some very interesting time signature changes. The vocals are well sung and in terms of style I find them reminiscent of bands like REO Speedwagon or maybe Journey. Maybe they lack a little in individuality,(Though this may be exacerbated by the quality of the recording as mentioned below). Guitar playing is excellent as is the general standard of playing of the rest of the band. Unfortunately the whole thing is let down by a really dreadful production. there seems to be such a high level of compression that it is pumping in a way that might even be unacceptable in a dance track. This makes it difficult to actually hear the more delicate parts of the composition which are evidently there, and it is also responsible for making the vocals indistinct, so that it is impossible to actually hear what the lyrics Are. I obviously don't know the circumstances under which this was recorded. It would be really good to hear this band with a better recording in terms of sound quality.

Marilou in True Form

Another example of Harty's talent. I think he's one of the better guitarist i've run across on N1M. The tones are refreshing and entertaining. The harmony in this song is spot on and mutli-tiered. But Mike's guitar work is what sets him apart. Job well done here. I like the fact that the song pushes the envelop of time past the typical 3-3.5 minute range. Nice energetic rhythm. Upbeat and crisp. the downmix I find took a beating with the melody phasing a tad much. But overall a nice song.


Aye beat is dope asf and great mixing done on track , so shout out to whoever your engineer was and keep doing your thang keep grinding keep putting in that hard work and stay consistent Keep doing your thang keep grinding non stop you definitely have potential and the talent is there continue to make that real music you doing and you gone make it fam that’s my opinion keep workin Follow my Instagram and twitter @king_james_on1

Mystical Saint-like Wonder

Wow GOD just lit up my ears! This is by far the best song I have ever heard on this website and I've been on it since it began 10 years ago! This is really exciting, I've never witnessed such accomplished technique in a christian band. It really took me on a heavenly trip and reminded me of some old psychedelic bands I've heard. As soon as it opened, my eyes lit up and I was gobsmacked. The beauty in the whole piece makes you fall in love with life and everything you experience. God led me here and is showering me with gifts of pure sound and energy. I'm inspired beyond belief! The clarity in the whole sound pertaining to all instruments is refreshingly soft and processed but too much. Perhaps I would add a bit more distortion to the guitar and layer it a bit more. Also the drums, although tasty, need to punch in a bit more. It lacks power and strength. Everything in the rhythm section needs to become more prominent so its powerful beauty as oppose to just beauty. Its like looking at mountain as opposed to being at its summit, beautiful without the grandiose power of GOD. So get power to push them up into the clouds. The guitarist is incredible, very neat and tasty player - he's not a show off, not flashy, very impressive. Those high bends at the end were out of this world. I've never heard such beauty and inspiring playing from a guitarist in decades! It went where I anticipated it and wanted it to go! I was praying he would go higher with another bend and he did.God was playing through him! Really he should consider his future, as should the whole band. With some work this could rival Jesus Culture, Certainly the virtuosity of the band and sheer romance of the sound could blow them away! I would like to hear more and will be very interested in watching the advancement of your career. I think you could be a force to be reckoned with. I will eagerly share this with my friends, its something I can back wholeheartedly and they would be grateful. Now the effects on the guitar were excellent, and the linear lead backing the vocals, fit quite nicely.The tone on that - is that coming from a Les Paul? I had a similar one to that years ago and it had a sweet tone but nowhere near as good as that. Its one of the best I've ever heard and I've been playing guitar for 30 years. How did you get it so sweet and clear? What effects are you using on that? If any? It reminded me a bit of Satriani's tone and kind of Slash's. Your pickups must be really good. The singer also had a fantastic tone in his voice and beautiful falsetto giving images of how lovely Marilou must be. He wasn't just a flat, straight singer either, he wound the melody round, up and down, taking it to interesting and original places. I think what could be improved is a few chord changes and changes in direction, its kind of static as opposed to dynamic. The vocals are dynamic but I think they could be even more so, but especially the whole chord direction. That's an error of many bands - no one has had success with straight playing since Guns'n Roses and even they had reprises and bridges.The whole piece is a testament to your faith and does God honour, you are Generals in The Saviour's army and I would fight alongside you anyday. I know, see and hear God who leads me to miracles like this discovery tonight. He wants me to tell you to bask in his glory and fill the earth with light. Your commiment hasnt gone unnoticed. God bless you all and all the best.

A Review of 'Marilou' -- 'Mike Harty'.

A very evocative song/composition especially when instrumental and vocal harmony are combined, a remembrance of Hippies during 70's-80s typical of Rock during those years! Catchy guitar riffs. The other remarkable part of this tune is the quality of the vocals and the timbral settings of some of the instruments/guitars. From 03:30-03:32 and 03:39-03:41 and 03:48-03:50 and similar fragments sound very similar to one of the riffs of Richard Wright's works of late 70s [doesn't mean that you have pinched those portions!]. A great guitar solo from 05:04 onwards. A very authentic singing voice and professional approach.


Mike Harty's lyrics and sound is from the womb of the dawn in heaven...songs of deliverance with instrumentation that sets the blood on fire to win back the heart and soul of those searching for that new life, that new beginning. Words that change the perspective to give us hope for a new day in a new way with The Good Guide...the Shepherd of Our Souls, Jesus Christ. A wonderful lyric that tells the story of redemption. The music inspires belief in this simple song of about how love walked in and it was Jesus! Guitar is spot on, especially the chords at the end. Wish this song would go on a bit more! The anointing on the words and the vocalist is tangible and felt in the air! .

very good

Greetings good music and lyrics is a blessing to make music with meaning and purpose I encourage you to continue working for God knowing that work for him is not in vain and we will have our reward hug greetings from Venezuela


The recording quality isn't great, I know tho, recording can definitely be a pain! Seriously tho, that's the only down side, this song is awesome! I'm totally feeling it. Great vocals, catchy and uplifting melodic riffs. It reminds me a lot of Rush and has a very 1980's feel to it. Very cool and well done. I can definitely see myself cruising to this song on a sunny day along the coast line. Keep making music! I want to hear more!


Very good song and message. Really like this song, it's got a great beat and lyrics. I loved it from start to finish. It's got daydreamy rock and roll feel to it and yet it's about a girl and Jesus and her spiritual search for Him. Marilou needed a brand new start and Jesus gave it to her by forgiving her sins. Love this song and sound. Very new and original. It touched my heart for living for Jesus.


The music is nice, and I like it. I think it does have that down to earth vibe to it. I like this one a lot, and you're on your way to getting an award somewhere . Keep producing beat work like this, and keep your touch on it. This is unique and original. I think this is a hit for sure. Nice one! By the music you can tell that you are passionate about your work as every artist should be. Never give up and dreams and bigger things will follow! PEACE!

Full Distortion

Listening to this song on my laptop a hp laptop to be exact and the quality of this song needs improvement I can barely understand the melody or what the singer is saying. It is completely distorted.

Great musicianship, weird mix

Mike Harty's recording of "Marilou" is a song about a girl whose life is changed when she comes to Jesus. I can strongly identify with that story, because something similar happened to me. The musicianship is excellent. The tune is nice, the lead guitar is skillfully played, and the lead vocal is a good voice. The song structure is coherent and keeps the listener's attention. I have a lot of problems with the way this recording is mixed, however. It sounds sort of screechy and in-your-face, which is odd because the drums are mixed out in front of the band. I get the impression some special effect was added, in addition to reverb. The net effect is a strobe-like quality to the sound, like you're riding along in your car, and the music is coming from the other side of a wall, and there are slots in the wall at regular intervals where it comes through louder for an instant, and this is a constant, subtle back-and-forth in volume. The lead vocal is too far back in the mix, and the lyrics are hard to make out, which is not a good thing for a Christian song, since the ministry is in the words. The lead guitar is also kind of faint and faraway and thin, like it's playing down the street somewhere, not in the room with us. Not sure what Mike was going for with this mix, but to me, it obscures what is otherwise some really good music. That's just one man's opinion. Bottom line: the talent is strong, and the production is just getting in the way. I have heard other really good work by this same artist, and I'm looking forward to hearing more, but not this one.


This song struck me as very similar to some early Jesus Music. The purpose is clear to reach out to lost people with the gospel, although the actual gospel is a little vague. It informs of the love of Jesus and his power to change things for you and infers the invitation is open to all of us. It's one of those songs that work in concert evangelism because it needs the meeting to go with it. It helps open the door to further discussion. The voice and production is a little reminiscent of Glass Harp's first album, minus the extraordinary guitar of Phil Keaggy, but there is only one of him after all. Fairly solid effort. Keep going.


A vocalist who feels the thinness of a line against a heavy pressure guitar sound...would not it be possible to correct vocals with W tracks...?The riff of the guitar is good soit has become an unnatural finish...also it was too long for this song...good luck


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