Saturday, September 17, 2016

Straddling Melodic Vocals and Yells

     In 2012, we gained an appreciation for songs that include a transition from smooth flowing vocalization to melodic yelling. It’s not an easy task to transition between the very different vocalization styles while maintaining the attractiveness of the song. But when it’s done well, a live performance is energy-charged. Our appreciation came while witnessing Quiet Company at the 2012 Austin City Limits Festival. The song was “You, Me & the Boatman.” We enjoyed the song before the performance, then loved it during and afterward. The transition occurs at 2:04 and then even more dramatically at 3:22.

     “You, Me & the Boatman” by Quiet Company (still a free download!)

     Two 2016 releases that include the transitions are songs by The Wrecks and British India. However, British India seems more resistant to flat-out yelling.
     “Favorite Liar” by The Wrecks – The best transition from melodic vocals to "yells" occurs at 3:00 

     “I Thought We Knew Each Other” by British India – The transitions are more subtle than in the first two songs, but it’s still a song geared for being the encore in a live setting.

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