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On the Way – Micheal Corby ft. MarkPeter

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Jonathan Robinson

24.7.2020

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2000s pop instrumentation and production style meet contemporary radio pop performance. Pristine percussive sound design. Ethereal ambient features mixed with hard hitting electro pop synths. A multi-faceted pop track containingg a varied selection of hit and miss tropes from a past trend.

On the Way

Opening with a simple repeated piano pattern. The track takes its time to introduce the dominating electronic elements by presenting this uniquely acoustic-style sound as it begins. The heavily reverbed lead melody fades in behind before the track takes a breath and launches into its body.

Particularly prominent drum samples sit high in the mix, stacked over the looping melody. Heavily effected vocals provide electronic embellishment to a simple melody rising and falling with a more energetic contrast to the surrounding instrumentation.

As the chorus hits a pulsing and fuzzy synth enters the track. Again, layering between the percussion and the lead, this clutters the mix and serves to introduce a certain reluctant intensity.

The addition of overlapping vocals and the qualities present in the chordal synth add a coloured harmonic element to the track. With the surrounding sections embodying a compositional simplicity and placing emphasis on the delivery and lyrical content of the vocals, the chorus stands out as a more developed piece of the track.

Following the chorus, a more exploratory performance is received. Dropping to a bare accompaniment and a confrontational rap to complete the duet, the track displays a more dynamically aware concept than is apparent thus far.

Another stylistic change follows with a short but effective synthesizer solo. This takes the controlled melodic exploration in another direction that, over the course of the track, manages to stay interesting and without direct repetition.

On the Way is performed with earnest and it translates the words and delivery means something to the artists involved. Though the production leaves a lot to be desired the essence of a more refined work is present and all elements of the arrangement are used appropriately and relatively effectively.

  • Overall rating: 7/10
  • Pairs well with: BYE YOUR SIDE Feels ft. MarkPeter

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