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Broke Kids – The Omnis Collective

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Broke Kids

A unique blend of contemporary trends. Broke Kids uses a modern and encompassing medium to deliver its performance.

Its compositional simplicity offers the track an effective control of dynamics. Small performative changes such as palm muted vamping and stripping back drum presence is used frequently to deliver adaptive changes across sections. The structure moves comfortably between chorus and verses, with slight variation for quality-adapted moments. At its simplest, the dynamic is made of alternating crescendos and decrescendos with increasingly high and low extremes.

The vocal delivery is an excellent example of the modern features present in the work. The subtle pitch correction provides a familiar warbling without becoming distracting from the unaffected sound.

The performance embodies a certain subdued emotion. At times almost becoming rhythmic spoken word. The lead voice maintains an element of monotony for the majority of the work. This reluctant melodic exploration serves to emphasise the changes when it does become more evocative. Adding more variation to the pitches and switching to a faster, more percussive phrasing allows the smaller developments to be received as more transformative moments in the track.

Instrumentally the work is made up mostly of guitar and percussion. The sequenced drum sounds add a sense of rigidity to the track. However, the very human performance on the guitar and bass offsets this effect and provides a warmth to the mix. Of note is the heavily effected lead melodic work from the guitar. Fading in and sustaining quality-emphasising notes with an almost ambient delivery. Or at other times adding a percussive delayed effect to the chordal work for a deeper sense of arrangement.

Broke Kids is a downtrodden anthem for exactly who it advertises. Reminiscing on the acceptance and love found in a certain culture and wearing it with pride.

  • Overall rating: 8/10
  • Pairs well with: Brewing up With – Billy Bragg

The Omnis Collective

The Omnis Collective is a group of musicians who come together to express a different side. Our vision is to defeat genre barriers and create unique sounds based on capturing the moment. Currently, the group consist of 2 artists. Nova Wave and TBD.”

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