Thursday, May 25, 2017

“Throw It Down” by Winchester – A Song review

     Winchester threw down a contender for “The Summer Hit of 2017.” A strong candidate requires a balance between easily grasped Pop sensitives and a sophisticated underlayer that provides needed staying power. For Winchester’s “Throw It Down,” if the balance isn’t right, it’s because the level of sophistication is too high – which is a positive from our perspective.

      “Throw It Down” takes a cinematic approach during its intro. The intro would fit well within an updated 2001 Space Odyssey. Soon, the percussion takes the listener in a Pop direction. But the best features of the song are still waiting. The combination of male/female vocals is consistently attractive, but the vocals turn into an attention-grabber with the harmonization of “like it’s a sign from above” at the 1:55 mark. And the combination of higher frequency synth warble with chest-rumbling low frequency vibrations after each of the three stops (1:18, 2:10 and 3:03) is skillfully executed, mixed (Shayn Hotton) and mastered (Shawn Hatfield).

     “Throw It Down” was mastered at AudibleOddities, which seems fitting for a song ending with a guitar that sounds simultaneously masterful and out of tune.

     Winchester is Lauren Austin (vocals) and Montgomery de Luna (guitar, keys, vocals) in Toronto, Ontario. “Throw It Down” will be on their upcoming EP, “If Time is Not Linear Why Can’t I Forget the Past?”. 


Lyrics of “Throw It Down” by
You could tell by my confusion and my honest surprise
But through the truth that you’re abusing, you can only hear lies
We’ve got to hold on, we’ve got to hold on, Hold on

From all the tilted connotations and the facts that I wrote
And all the manic explanations you can only denote
We’ve got to go on go on go on

And with the vacant iterations and the pride that you stole
Comes the latent condemnation of your informative holes
And then it’s all gone and then it’s all gone, All gone

You only see what can support the reckless thoughts in your head
When you’ve already made your mind up, it’s your mind you’ve misled
And then it’s all gone and then it’s all gone, All gone

All gone.

The stolid choice of your demeanour is a mar to my skin
And all that I had once believed in starts to be worn so thin
And then it’s all gone and then it’s all gone, All gone

But it’s not my engineering when I talk about love
Yet you commune with your conclusions like it’s a sign from above
As if that would be good enough…

And if you didn’t know it then, then you should know it by now
But when you haven’t learned yet somehow,
You have to throw it all down.

And then you condescend to screaming at the top of your lungs
And it drives you up the wall when I won’t take off the gloves
Because it’s all gone and then it’s all gone, All gone

The faults I see through your allusions are too great to be true
And I can see that your conclusions shape your whole point of view
And then it’s all wrong then it’s all wrong, all wrong.

And if you didn’t know it then, then you should know it by now
But when you haven’t learned yet somehow,
You have to throw it all down.

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