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The Fade – Great Story

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Jonathan Robinson

31.8.2020

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A dramatic sophisticated pop ballad. Within seconds of its introduction the instrumentation displays a depth and maturity. The gentler arpeggiated guitar that opens the track and reinforces the harmonic work from the piano and acoustic guitar. The blend of instrumental voicings provides a complete but spacious range of sonic shaping.

Great Story

Dynamic shifts are handled with articulate subtlety. Distorted tones enter the arrangement and support the current tonality with a new edge. This harsher sound introduced into the mix is reflected in the performance across the ensemble.

Anthemic percussion becomes so much livelier as it locks in with the rhythmic play on the strings. The higher, and more intense vocal delivery announces the chorus and the switch to a more colourful, minor feel in the composition.

The biggest shift into the bridge section sees the most changes in the work. Suddenly a choir of supporting voices fill the mix. Embellished piano runs and charging drums open up a more powerfully delivered moment in the work. 

Again, the track’s theatrical versatility is displayed with the gentler, sparser follow-up. More subdued ensemble performances offer space for a simple guitar solo. The melody moves softly through the chord tones and leans on the fractals of the now familiar harmonic progressions. The introduction of this new timbre is a comfortable diversion from the lead vocal, and a fresh way of maintaining the intensity of the work.

The outro sees the band enter a particularly cinematic area of sound design. Hushed, delayed vocals repeat the hook of the chorus over psychedelia-feeling chordal embellishments. All tied together this is a powerfully blended contemporary take on a classic sound. Both youthful in performance and mature in execution, Great Story will be a staple of the band’s work.

The Fade

The Fade are a rock band originally formed in the 80s in Dunfermline, Scotland. The band reformed in 2015 with original members and some new faces too. Their debut album ‘Worth Waiting For’ was released in 2019 under Rock Avenue Records.”

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