This is one of my favorite music forum games. The objective is to discover new music and to practice the critical approach to it.
- You must review the song recommended by the previous post, with at least 50 words and no real limit.
- It is encouraged to approach songs you don’t know, but don’t restrain yourself if you feel you still have got something to say. Also, be brave and try musical genres you’re not comfortable with. Do not be dismissive of a genre as a whole.
- Try to be a bit critical, not only descriptive. If you lack musical knowledge, it’s ok! Just explain why you like it or why you don’t.
- After the review, add the next recommendation. Adding also a link to the song is encouraged.
- No genre restriction, from Hip-hop to Classical including Metal and Electronic music.
And for a start I’ll begin, why not, with a review of Miss You by Bo En from the EP Pale Machine.
Miss You is a sort of an electronic pop song in a major key with a melancholic tone that’s seconded both by a playful Japanese child with his father and the chiptune melodic parts. It’s has two build-ups and releases, the first one consists of drum samples and a lyric chorus, the second is basically the line “I love you and I don’t have anything to say” in a robotic voice over and over, with a marching band drum setting the pace and the same chipping bird that joined the kid at the start. The second release is more intense, shutting down all melody and using samples, leaving you with the same voices you heard at the beginning of the song afterwards, as if the singer was remembering times past.
It’s strange for me to listen to this song outside the context of the podcast. It’s fun but it seems to have a sad undertone, both by the lyrics and the sounds it uses. It’s catchy, yet it does not repeat a chorus. It sure made me listen to the whole EP.
Next song, Emma Ruth Rundle - Shadows of My Name.