She's 24. and big into the 'techno' scene.
I used "Thump thump" as a generic term for tecno/electronica/dance. My disdain is mostly for the "dance remix" where they take an otherwise 'good' song & just add the thump thump. If we walk up to a bar, and from outside all I can hear is a constant 120bpm thump, I know i'm gonna hate it. :)
I keep earplugs in my wallet for those occasions when my wife gets a jones for dancing. Or she goes with her girlfriends, and I hang out at the brewery & listen to old blues. :)
"Three", to me seems to be missing something (with or without the thump). it's very well mixed, but a bit repetitive & drawn out. Perhaps more of a melody, some vocals, or better yet... video.
I do like "Sycamore" a bit more. Vocals, and real instruments both make a difference. no "Thump thump" but still a nice heavy beat. The video also adds to the experience, providing a visual reference to relate the music to. Still not a track I would listen to again.
I can imagine either song as a soundtrack for a commercial / movie...
What people hear? pretty subjective. Being a musician, I pick everything apart, and listen to all the individual bits. It's a broad generalization, but it seems to me non-musicians tend to listen to a piece as a whole. Which, I think, is why you can get away with "faking" a song in a performance. It doesn't have to match the original exactly, as long as you hit the right chords, and throw in the obvious 'signature' licks, the audience relates & hears the song they're familiar with.
Why do people listen to music? even more subjective. I listen mostly to learn. If I'm not picking apart the instrumentation or the arrangement, I'm picking out harmonies. Or scouting for songs I'd like to learn & add to my repertoire. Some listen for simple enjoyment, or to dance, some listen to escape, and I'm sure motives change depending on the situation. whether listening at a bar/club, or a concert, at home or in the car. You could probably spend a lifetime trying to fully answer that question.
On a happy note... everything I've listened to that you've done is mixed and arranged well. Your music is surely evolving. Have fun with it.
, but you should get a job doing this