Wednesday, December 7, 2016

“Shake Off” by Wildhart – A Song Review

     There are risks and rewards to short-attention-span listening. The most significant reward in making a quick assessment regarding the attractiveness of a song is that the listener can be efficient in the hunt through music. The greatest risk is that quick assessments lead to mistakes, and a “keeper” is missed.

     “Shake Off” is a good example. The first portion is Synth Pop in which the percussion draws the listener into the song and the vocals are solid. But in short-attention-span listening, that may not be enough. If the listener moves on too quickly, the jumps in sophistication and complexity will be missed. Shortly after the 2:30 mark, vocal layering joins synth that is reminiscent of Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer). The lead vocalization becomes even more powerful, and both the lead and backing lyrics chant against the James Brown message of “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” “Shake Off” is a keeper!

     “Shake Off” is the lead track on the debut album of Wildhart. The album is entitled “Shine.” Wildhart is a trio from Gothenburg, Sweden. The members are Ylva Holmdahl (vocals), Kiwi Berg (synthesizers) and Josefin Runsteen (drums).
     “Shake Off” by Wildhart

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