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Chris D’lima – Tired

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The track opens with a dramatic quietness. Warm and pristine chord tones set the atmosphere, connected by a distant swell and cyclic pedal note. There’s a slight edge to the instrumentation that’s already apparent. A very subtle distortion, a noise wave that adds an unexpected depth to the mix.


The entrance of the voice moves around the repeating motif. The melody is more exploratory and reveals a minor quality in the mood. A layer of harmony joins the ensemble, just one example of the many ways this track shows how carefully and minutely it develops its content.

As the track continues to lift, led by the evolving vocals, a gritty synth sequence fades into focus. Never overwhelming or distracting. Instead this creates the feel of distantly confrontational percussion with a harmonic service, without making too much of a statement. The crescendo of its increasing presence instils a pace that contrasts the sparsity of the previous section.

Then just as suddenly, the stillness is back. We’re returned to the first template, though not punctured by warm and woody drum sounds. Pushing the space between the voicings determinably forward. The vocal melody now meanders with a more explorative resolve. It slips in and out of the main hook seamlessly. Reinforced by that same gritty synth. By dull rises in pitch, dives from the instrumentation spread across the mix.

Suddenly the stereo field is full and alive. Dynamic in its variation. Almost breathing with each voice. Despite this fullness, the work is never afraid of silence. Several times across the track we’re allowed the space, and the instrumentation is allowed a singular voice. 

The willingness to offer such tonal vulnerability is where this song excels, and why it will be returned to. Put simply, this offers a more sophisticated and engaging form than many of its peers.

Chris D’lima

Chris D’Lima strives to create music which pushes the boundaries of pop music, combining elements from various genres until it is no longer any genre in particular. Catchy melodies, complex beats and heavy bass are pretty much guaranteed.

Having had record deals in the past, as well air national radio airplay, Chris took a few years away from the industry to get some perspective. Now he’s creating a more complex and self-indulgent style of music.’

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