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She – Fleur Rouge

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Jonathan Robinson

6.6.2020

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She

Compositionally, She echoes many of the concepts typical of turn of the century pop-soul. Leaning heavily on minor qualities within the instrumentation, the melodic lead work of the voice is built on repetitive phrases with small cadential changes.

Open spaces between the instruments and samples in the mix allow for rhythmic devices to announce their presence in a dynamic and engaging way, without creating an overly hectic performance. 

Throughout the duration of the track, simple harmonic ideas are passed across the instruments – successfully avoiding the common error of ‘over-assigning’ a role to a particular sound or voicing. This is particularly useful in the context of the song’s control of various frequency gaps and emphasis.

Certain sections are dominated by a thematic overtone. For example, the opening of the song essentially functions as a duet between the guitar and voice, with much of the harmonic content coming from embellished chord tones that follow and reinforce the vocal melody. However, the track succeeds in amplifying its individuality within this motif by support the concept with dynamic percussion and trailing tremolo synth tones. 

This adaptive variation of sound sources serves to foreshadow a more driving adaptation of the same section later in the song; in addition to instilling a familiarity with the melodic work by supporting it fractally across the mix in these subtle ways. This compositional method is present throughout the work, in examples of airy and resonant synth tones holding monotonal harmonic tools and percussive, metallic pads. Acting together as aa demonstration of the amplifying effects of production on a simple melodic work.

Vocally, the piece sits in a comfortably familiar range. Though it never comes across as particularly exploratory or adventurous, it serves its purpose well in context. In She, the vocal lead principally exists as another component of the instrumentation. Providing more dynamic and varied delivery than is possible on strings, for example, the vocal delivery fulfils a role successfully and maintains its function without fail.

  • Overall rating: 7/10
  • Pairs well with: World Away – Vanela 

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