foto by beatnikside
My song of the day is Pefect Way by Scritti Politti. You might start wondering: ‘wtf?’. Well please check out this video first and return later on to Melodiefabriek.
This composition is simply brilliant, please let me dig into it.
You have this intro with the clean guitar and then bang, they are modulating the key and start the verse. It blows my mind, that modulation is so sexy!
Then ‘apart from anyone’ comes in, and again they are modulating into the refrain. It’s a superb tension/release modulation. It’s a jazz-like modulation.
The modulation into the second couplet is mainly pushed by adding space and a drumbreak. Bang, right into that lovely couplet again. And take notice; these words are choosen carefully, the rhyming is slick and smooth.
Oh man, then they’re modulating into the refrain again. It is truly a mind blowing modulation. Gives me chills all over! Again and again.
Then the ‘middle8’ comes, I am not too fond of it mainly because of the piano. But they do it again: fast modulation into the couplet! Bang!
And wow, a final modulation into the lovely refrain again.
Any musician who wants to learn composition should hear this song, period!
Miles Davis did a cover of this song on Tutu. I have seen Miles perform live a couple of times, he always played this song.
Update: Is it just me or are the intro-strings referring to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho? Psycho – Psyche …