Moreover, this is a pretty fascinating take on how limitation breeds creativity...
There's a pretty solid meme going around in which programmers try tackling the ubiquitous task of redesigning that dreaded volume slider in all your apps. The twist being they deliberately do it in the most annoying and infuriatingly unusable way possible. Take a look here.
If you went to the Washington Post site today, you were greeted with this beautiful link:
...and upon clicking, sends you to this equally beautiful lede:
Utterly brilliant. As a metal guy from DC, this really gets my day going - your move, NYT.
(FYI - These 'Breakdowns' aren't reviews. They are careful examinations of the composition, structure, instrumentation, production, and all of the other nerdy crap that most people don't care about pop songs...)
Time Sig: 4/4
Main Hook Progression: I - ii - vi - IV
Gets to the Hook by: 0:41
Total Length: 3:52
Tempo: 95 bpm
Riff 1: Intro :: C | Dm | Am | F :: 2 reps (1 rep = 16 beats)
Riff 2: Verse :: C | Dm | Am | F :: 4 reps
Riff 3: Pre-Chorus (Mellow Chorus) :: C | Dm | Am | F :: 2 reps
Riff 4: Post-Chorus :: C | Dm | Am | F :: 1 rep
Riff 5: Verse :: C | Dm | Am | F :: 4 reps
Riff 6: Pre-Chorus (Mellow Chorus) :: C | Dm | Am | F :: 2 reps
Riff 7: Chorus :: C | Dm | Am | F :: 1 rep
Riff 8: Bridge :: Em | Am | G | - :: 2 reps + transition tag
Riff 9: Chorus :: C | Dm | Am | F :: 4 reps, last rep is essentially an outro
The main instrumentation for this piece is primarily an assortment of mellow synth pads. I hear one sharper riser-type lead synth kinda buried in the mix. Synth drums dominate; 808-ish hi-hats.
This is a pretty wet song - lotsa delays and verbs. Instrumentation is lush and wide.
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