Guitars can cut like a razor, explode like a volcano and smash like a meteor. But guitars can also soothe like a summer breeze, cure like a Medicine and build enthralling soundscapes. This song is a prime example of the latter. It’s a gentle caress for a busy mind.
“The Unseen Ones” is this song’s title, and is it well-chosen. It starts with a gentle flow while mysterious sounds surface through twisted textures. Then, dark beats summon The Unseen Ones. And while they may be unseen, they are definitely not unheard. They live inside this song, and each time it is listened, they get to play around with the ever-changing imagination. This piece is both an atmospheric masterpiece and a body mover.
A master class in sound architecture, this dark electronica piece builds up through two superb crescendos until reaching a dancefloor-melting climax. There’s a vast array of sounds and details to take in, among which is an amazing and infectious use of samples. This is easily one of the most adventurous songs I’ve heard in years.
A modern ode to Gandhi, sang MC-style, which is probably the best style to craft a song about an activist’s life. The melody is instrumentally-rich and features some spot-on samples of Hindu chanting.
The lyrics do an amazing job of condensing the wisdom of Gandhi’s life in just a few minutes worth of song.
Ravi Shankar, one of the world’s most renowned sitar singers joins vibes with Western classical music composer Philip Glass. The result is a playful culture fusion journey, full of positive energy and daring moves. Instruments dance around each other, drawing countless patterns. There’s enough creativity here to satisfy the hungriest of ears.
I recommend listening to the entire album, called “Passages”.
It’s almost unfair, perhaps even rude that such a song dares to work so well! It’s one of those pieces that courageously defy categorization. One thing’s for certain though: it’s intense! And it’s almost impossible to „story-tell” it, so I won’t even try.
Challenge: count the unique instruments, samples, special effects and patterns in this song. Then, compare with some song you can hear on the radio. Chances are that mish-mash extraordinaire Igorrr will win by an order of magnitude.
The melody starts with a sort of riffing that is so flawless during its repetition that it feels like synthesizers are at work. But the “techno-metal” part of the melody is soon a distant memory, as waves upon waves of other robotic creations join in the song. And then, the mechanical riffing only serves as a contrast for the layers of reverbed instruments and echoing singers (male and female).
Welcome to a soft, moody piece set in the forests of Crackling Sound Texture. The richness of electronic sound fills the void with all sorts of exotic little details. Look for piano drops, for hand drums and for those countless slivers of sound arising left and right.
There are many “songs for change” out there. Some, will gently talk to the listener, conveying their message in a patient way. Most, go about it in a bit more lecturing fashion. This one? Well, have a read and a listen…
Despite the slightly dark mood it could sometimes suggest, I find this song to be incredibly hopeful and motivating. This is not only because of Kristy’s fantastic voice, but also because of the beautiful lyrics.