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The Great Pause – Sara Vian

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An immediate sense of depth. The intimacy of the acoustic guitar and voice is apparent. The reverb that drips from every note reinforces the naturally dynamic feel of the performance.

The Great Pause

As every great folk work does, the track chronicles the everyday experience of current affairs. Shining an honest light on the individual response to the coronavirus pandemic. The candid upsides of learning an instrument. The acknowledgment of relative comfort for some.

With a distinctly weighted feel to the harmonic content, the track has a certain solemnity to it. Though it is far from a one-dimensional, as it dances between uplifting melodic tension and cadential diatonic exploration.

Such minimal instrumentation puts the responsibility of the carrying the work heavily on the performative action. With nothing to decorate the sound design, every fragility and vulnerability is powerfully present. For long sections of the work, the vocal delivery feels as though on the very line between breaking up and deliberate sensitivity. With its theatrical delivery these moments serve to reinforce the delicate subject matter and its contrasting lyrical approaches of literal and poetic examples.

The Great Pause is an openly dramatic response to a powerful situation. In some sentences it glorifies the quieter, sparser world that has been formed. In others it shows the layperson’s struggle and revival within it all. The track embodies both a longing and a comfort with what is offered and comfortably executes its narrative rebuttal.

  • Overall rating: 7/10
  • Pairs well with: Feed Kaiya Cade

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