With a sense of defiance and rage, No More is hard-hitting pop for the playlists.
The stage is set with a serene and atmospheric introduction. Reversed swells of chord tones and withdrawn sequenced percussion create a darker tone to a sparse instrumental section. A lift in the vocal delivery is met with building percussion. Increasing to a stripped back form of the track’s motif, the introduction simply eases the listener in before actualising its brassy and aggressive dance rhythms.
Heavily emphasised side chaining gives the brass tones and thumping kick centre stage. Challenged only as the focal point by the layered and harmonised effected vocal lead.
‘…let go, there will be no more…’ is called out time and time again. Wasting no words to make this direct statement of resolution. No More is powered by emotional and powerful delivery on every section. The lead vocal takes on several personas throughout. At times releasing heartfelt wails in the filtered distance of the mix. At other times enacting what is almost a monologue of self-resolve and empowerment.
The production takes a relatively simple harmonic progression and typical rhythmic devices and allows them to display at their best. Powerful and full sounding melodic themes are layered into thunderous beat-driven chord tones. Appropriately present, or not, in the choruses and moving away in the verses to let the voice and varied percussive sections take the lead. These brass sounds break away from the typical associated musical content of the track, making for a more engaging combination of tonal elements.
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