party trap

  • Submitted on time! Apr 26, 2020

the first word that came to mind when I read the prompt was pop – a palindromic word and genre – so I had to play the hand fate dealt and make a *~pop bAnGeR~*.

palindromic elements:

  • the structure is hook – verse – hook
  • the melody for the instrumental hook is palindromic (although not rhythmically)

I also wanted to play around with reversing audio, so for the second half of the melody, I reversed the audio for each note. there are a few other reversed audio elements sprinkled around throughout the track.

FINALLY, for the lyrics I wanted something poppy af. I went with “better half” because that’s kind of in the spirit of palindromes. also the title has nothing to do with the track but it sounds cool.

Looking for feedback on

do u like dis? (jk, feedback on anything is welcome!)


nurphgun April 30, 2020 5:38pm

Love it so much. This is so out of my wheelhouse, it’s hard to give feedback! Do you listen to LANY? Reminds me a bit of them.

Ryan April 29, 2020 2:15pm

The little things go a long, lonnnnnng way on this track—excellent work there. All of the slight variations in the chorus (additional vocals, little samples that pop in, drumlessness, etc.) make the track for me. And they subvert the pop pillars while still prioritizing how catchy everything is. Love where the key-line comes in at the end of the post-chorus and how it tweaks the main hook melody just enough. I will say, especially because of how sparingly you use it, I’d love more out of the kick. Some more punch and sub would make the sections where it’s used pretty special.

Kristoph April 27, 2020 8:51pm

You’re a wizard. You had us dancing around the apartment AGAIN. Today, Kendra asked me how she knew this song on my second play throughs – like, from the radio.
Sounds are so dialed in. Vocals are fun. No notes from me, as I do not understand witchcraft, so I can’t comment on how to perfect it.
Yes, like dis. Kendra throws in a +1.

agasthya April 28, 2020 2:05pm

ha! this made me smile. glad I could give y’all something to dance to!

Sam Pearce April 27, 2020 12:38pm

Hey Agasthya, this was a shoulder-shaking treat. I’m not sure how to express this correctly, since I’ve never used synths, but I like what I perceive to be the balance of overtones on the ones you use here. I think, for this particular feeling, they’re in just the right place on the clean-dirty spectrum.

agasthya April 27, 2020 2:06pm

thanks Sam! I actually spent a good amount of time trying to dial in the dirty-clean balance so I’m glad it’s something that stood out to you!

daeclan April 27, 2020 12:19pm

i love the idea of ‘better half’ in this, so fitting both the prompt & vibe of the song. so genuine & sweet & the fact it reminds me of you + caroline makes me smile even bigger. another beauty, solid work agas!

agasthya April 27, 2020 2:07pm

thanks dec!!

aubspeeps April 27, 2020 12:08pm

yes i love the production and all the SOUNDS are gooooooddd

agasthya April 27, 2020 2:07pm


Tengo April 27, 2020 11:19am

I love all the production decisions on this track! Especially the way the moments without drums keep us floating with you in the track

agasthya April 27, 2020 2:29pm

thanks! I’ve been trying to play with restraint when I make poppier tunes, and sometimes stripping the drums is exactly the thing a track needs.

nick April 27, 2020 10:11am

*like dis

so many great melodic moves and moments. love how you used the spirit of the prompt to inspire multiple decisions along the way without letting it bog you down. that is exactly how it should be done (in my opinion).

agasthya April 27, 2020 2:29pm

thanks! had a lot of fun trying to squeeze the prompt into little moments throughout the track.

froebusiness April 26, 2020 10:02pm

The hottest pop song you’ve never heard of.

agasthya April 27, 2020 2:30pm

[DJ Airhorn noise]

Z April 26, 2020 9:45pm

Song definitely relevant to the title! I would say that’s my favorite parameter check-mark, alongside with the clever “better half.” Not that a wider audience would understand the parameters under which we are creating, but it certainly speaks to your ability to put the right amount of wit into pop tunes.

I like dis.


agasthya April 27, 2020 2:31pm


peter April 26, 2020 9:37pm

yes, i like dis.

great interpretations of the parameters too! steering the rhythm away from the palindrome makes you forget about the parameter, then cuing back in and it’s all right there

agasthya April 27, 2020 2:31pm

thanks pete!