Soft chords set the mood while the drums give us this sense of tension. They are tight, punchy and hit us in the chest. A super wide vocal appears, one side slightly delayed behind the other creating a dream-like state - one where we understand as much as we are trying to figure out. The song continues to gain in intensity as the vocal seems to fall further and further away. The synths start to take precedence over the vocal as they become a slave to the drums. A simple melody of tones makes its way in and gives a soothing, childlike recognition to the song; it’s something to grab ahold of as the song starts to spiral into a monster. This feeling of giving in finally washes over you and then suddenly the song calms down. Were you dreaming, or was it real?
The lyrics go back and forth between two verses, both extremely similar except for the subject matter. The first is about dreams: “I don’t’ know about my dreams/All I know is I’m falling/Might as well fall in.” The second mimics the first but dreams are replaced with love: “I don’t know about my love/All I know is I’m falling/Might as well fall in.” This balance between what’s real and what is not is sometimes hard to differentiate, our minds are very powerful. The song structure supports the lyrics as we slowly loose sense of reality. Fall into the music, see where it takes you. Fall into dreams, who knows where they lead. Fall into love,
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About the curator - Nick Malpezzi
Nick Malpezzi is a lover of nature, cats, beer, and music. When he’s not at his day job he is recording artists, working on films, writing music, taking pictures and enjoying life. He believes complexity is derived from simplicity, which is seen in his musical tastes and original productions.