February 26th, 2014 3:10am
I’ll Hold On To Anything If I Have To, Darling
A lot of what makes a pop song really stick comes down to some musical element that’s immediately identifiable, but sorta hard to explain without a very specific vocabulary for what’s happening on a musical level. In this song it’s that oddly clipped, sorta swirling wordless vocal hook at the start of the track. The other parts of the song are very well structured and fantastic in their own right – it’s kinda like a more upbeat version of the xx – but that’s the bit that really grabs you and then sticks in your head. The guy in this band produced and cowrote Lorde’s “Royals,” and you can hear his fingerprints on both. There’s something very stark and dry to his style – he’s very good at letting instrumentation frame a melody rather than carry it.
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