After a good deal of Pop/Rock songs, it is time that Scaleter's Choice will show its love to other genres because we like every music piece that is good, artistic, mind opening and heart touching. If you are a musician who released a new track, Scaleter.com is hungry to listen to it. Submit your song and you might get promoted!
The next band is italian and it's called Twenty Four Hours. Now listen to this- the members live in four different distant regions in the country and they team up every now and then to make music together. I marked it for you in the map, so you could comprehend the distance.
They have broken the block of distance and made a whole album together. I call it La energia della musica. The power of music. So far away and still gather for a common purpose. I know only one institution that is as strong: Family. So this is just a small example of how strong effect music has on us.
Twenty Four Hours are: Paolo Lippe singing and playing clavier, Antonio Paparelli playing the electric and acoustic guitars, Marco Lippe on drums and vocals, Paolo Sorcinelli is the bassist and plays classical guitar and Elena Lippe as a singer.
Usually, the story of the song is due to come only after the play button, not to distract your experience of listening. This time, Some details will give you some image I think and should be said.
The name of the song is Adrian and it is dedicated to Adrian Borland, leader of the band The Sound in the 80's. Despite many attempts, with a band and solo, Borland didn't get to the heights he wished for with his career. He put an end to his life, jumping in front of a train at the age of 41. He suffered from depression for many years and also from schizoaffective disorder, as written in the web. His story is quite interesting for musicians, I read a bit.
The leader of Twenty Four Hours, Paolo Lippe, (which is alive and well of course, thank god) tried to sing that song in a way that would bring us closer to Borland's "inner emotions", if I could say. Indeed, we can hear the character that Paolo brings in his vocals. He delivers the text with an act, as you will notice.
Here it is, Adrian, by Twenty Four Hours.
Adrian / Twenty Four Hours
Adrian / Twenty Four Hours
Harry takes the hill, and Worry makes a bill,
Something's always wrong, and teachers kill 'em all,
Flight of a ghost, reminds of ancient wolves,
Hidden fractures loves, disturb the final fall,
And even a melting house, returns to rainy smell,
Older heavy goat, still waving a spectral bell,
solitude learns to be, equal to drop me
Loneliness teaches us to love ourselves and all
And in the end, Adrian learned to land
Adrian learned to fly
Adrian learned to die......
Adrian moves the mill, but Amy takes a pill
Something Jimi Wrong, and teachers kill Brian all
Janis of a ghost, reminds of ancient Kurt
Hidden fractured loves, disturb the Freaky falls
If you learn to land
If you learn to fly
If you learn to see
Beyond space and in between
If you're moving in time
If you make no sound
If you don't leave traces
If you make your perfect crime
along the seven seas
I found nothing
Nothing at all
for your disease
Whoever absorbed the story behind the song a bit and listened might have felt shimmer like I did. It is due to the long notes of the instruments, floating in both sides and the sound of Paolo's voice. A beautiful piece of work with good sound. Even if I didn't understand parts of the poem, I feel like I received the spirit of the message.
Plus, the lyrics of the chorus add so much to the tragic incident of Adrian Borland, that is to learn to live and to learn to fly.
Now, to my favorite part of Scaleter's Choice, a tiny bit of analysis to the song.
I like to mention whenever I get a song with a scale change. It is not to say that it's good or bad. I like songs without it as well. It's just more challenging to the ear for analysis. The scale change in this song is drastic because the scales are very distant from one another. I would like to explain this issue for our music lover readers.
If we take a look at the circle of fifths, where all our scales are there, we can see they are written in a certain rule, from a distance of a fifth interval between each other:
There is a reason for it. They are placed according to the number of common notes they have.
So, when a composer changes a scale within the same piece, he would usually use the closest scales because they have more common notes and the change would sound more appealing to the ear. For example, if our song is in Bm scale and we want to change it, we have three main options:
1) Move to A scale (which is the closest one and has the same notes as Bm scale).
2) Move to G or A (which are the second closest and have many common notes but not all).
3) Jump a long distance to other scales (the more far we jump, the less common notes the scales will share).
And so, in Adrian, we are evident to a looong far away jump from Bm scale, which is the main one, to Eb for the development part of the song [2:54] and back to Bm [4:40].
What exactly does it mean? I can't say. But it is dramatic. An extraordinary jump in scale leads to an extraordinary meaning. Surprisingly the far Eb scale is dressed very smoothly and we can feel the tense of the development part but still be connected to the place in the song. The band made us jump far and have a subtle land on our feet. Beautiful.
Augmentation of the melody in the verses
Once you study in the academy about Bach's augmentations in his works, you subconsciously look for it in more music. The instruments in the verse maintain the movement of the melody in the vocals, only with a longer length of the notes. Let me draw it for you to explain:
As you can see, the vocals move in short lengths downwards while the same action is happening, simultaneously, by the instruments. They go down in a very similar way, only at one long round. This is not an exact augmentation, but it is unquestionably audible and, as it appears, very visible as well. It is positively infectious.
Twenty Four Hours are inspired very much by great artists from the past. They claim so themselves. Much of their work is dedicated to selected legends (just like Scaleter's Choice). I heard a few of their tracks from this album. Not only they are very fine musicians, they also know to appreciate music of others. True spirits.