Article by PJ Cornell.
Syndicated from The Asterisked Music Journal.
Assessment: 8 out of 10.
Bottom line up front: This is the only song this band has published so far (as of 18 February 2013). However, this little gem of a song shows great promise for the band, and I look forward to hearing more.
Highlights: This song has two things going for it. Firstly, the rhythms, in conjunction with diatonic quartal harmonic accents are very ear-catching. Secondly, the singer’s thin, pretty voice is perfectly complemented by the sparse, acoustic instrumental ensemble (piano and violin). The piano riff (which is really a full fledged tune which is repeated over and over) is just complex enough to stay interesting throughout the entire song. The countermelody in the violin is expertly done. I particularly enjoyed the double stop sections.
Criticisms: The song is a tad repetitive, although not so much that it is actually unpleasant. Also, I’d like to hear a little more range out of the singer.
Conclusion: Well done, guys! This is a solid piece, overall. It sounds like a cross between a Motet, an Art Song, and Acoustic Pop. It’s a very pleasant brew of sonic textures, with engaging polyphonic trajectory and rhythmic language. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.