Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Music Review //

As soon as you press play on "Luscinia" you will hear acoustic guitar notes in a pattern which both makes me think of something along the lines of folk but it's also calm and settling.    In some ways, it can feel like a lullaby to start as it lulls you into this sense of security-- there is a warmth to this song.   Electronic synth drops in, as they echo in the way a pebble would if you dropped it into water.   These tones are lighter though and keep with the overall feeling of the song.

Through the first listen of this, I was anticipating it kicking in at any moment with beats and perhaps louder synths.     At one point (we'll call it the bridge) the music kind of drifts off, like we're flying in the sky, a kite among the clouds.   When the guitar and singing return, there are these beats as well but they're not the type of heavy electronic beats I thought we might encounter on the first listen.   They just keep with the vibe that this song makes me feel weightless.

It's easy for me to compare this with something like Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.   I can say it's a cross between Folk Implosion and Animal Flag.   At times, it even has this sound (musically, sonically) of Tony Njoku.   But ultimately I don't want you to be distracted by the acoustic guitar work in this song as those intricate details of what's happening along with it is what makes this song so special.   It will take until at least your third listen before you really can kind experience the guitar notes as second nature and begin to digest everything else happening in this song.

To me, that is what makes this such an important song and why you should listen to it (more than once) on your journey to discovering Verluna.   The idea that you could have something wrapped in such complexity create a sound which on the surface (if you're not paying close enough attention) can feel so simple is what most every artist should aspire to.  Someone once told me that pop songs were not created by artists- the radio hits, if you will- because they are not easy to make.  Not only does Verluna make this seem easy but this is a pop song which could be on the charts and enjoyed by the masses and yet it also has a substance you don't find in much music today. 

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