A colourful and sophisticated output from singer-songwriter Bethany Dyson. Tackling weighty but relevant topics of negativity and embrace of a situation.
Launching straight into its moody atmosphere and biting, dramatic undertones; Open Your Eyes begins with a flourishing piano quickly accompanied by staccato string hits and cluttered reverberation.
Organic and authentic percussive performance maintains a driving bed of rhythmic accompaniment under contrasting and interleaving guitar/piano sections. The bass performance is kept appropriately understated throughout. Providing enough tonal variation to add to the mix of instrumentation without harshly clashing with the bass frequencies provided from the enduring piano vamping.
Vocally, the melody is kept particularly simple, but stylistically leans on pitches of harmonic tension. This serves to maintain the darker overall flavour of the work without compromising accessibility or radio friendly performance. A more engaging and explorative melody becomes present in the choruses. Most interesting in this section is the heavily and tastefully buried backing vox. Sitting almost inaudibly in a pool of reverb, the baking vocalisations serve mostly to add a layer of intrigue to the lead, and to provide a further depth to the harmonic content of the chorus.
Examining the composition with a dynamic lens, no extremes are taken instrumentally to create huge dynamic contrast. However, the track instead offers a more intriguing method of movement differentiation with subtle modulation and layered backing vocals.
From its outset, Open Your Eyes fills the stereo field, mostly with reverberations of the instrumentations and not so much the actual performance. This creates a sense of a large space being filled with sound. This could be considered a controversial production/performative choice but undoubtedly adds an air of live and authentic creation to the song that isn’t always achieved in this genre.
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