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06 ‘City With No Children’ – The Suburbs (2010) – Arcade Fire

  • organ/strings continue from previous track
  • elc gtr riff enters, bass follows precisely
  • riffs on 2 chords, sliding from the tonic to the 4th and back
  • handclaps (no snr) and kik
  • chorus vox: fem harmonies, verbed

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. riffs on 2 chords, sliding from the tonic to the 4th and back
  2. bass, gtr and kik/tom all on the riff

05 ‘Empty Room’ – The Suburbs (2010) – Arcade Fire

  • rapid strings intro
  • fast drums, bass and soaring elc gtr enter
  • vox, female with male harmony
  • reminiscent of bowie’s ‘heroes’
  • pulsing monotone stays consistent throughout all chord changes
  • most of song fades out while organ/strings remain, merges into next track

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. play riff/beat as fast as possible
  2. pulsing monotone stays consistent throughout all chord changes

04 ‘Rococo’ – The Suburbs (2010) – Arcade Fire

  • ‘musical’ word with syllables extended/repeated
  • swirling strings, acoustic gtr, legato synth bass, vox
  • legato synth bass and ac gtr provide the main thrust
  • strings in between vox lines
  • bvs harmonising in ‘rococo’ then wordless verbed out
  • kik or tom subtly enters during 2nd verse
  • drums enter after 2nd chorus
  • feedback gtr enters in 3rd verse
  • and turns into elc gtr riff
  • strings and bvs harmonise/double in end section
  • ends with harpsichord and feedback gtr

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. ‘musical’ word with syllables extended/repeated
  2. marry a synthetic inst with a natural acoustic inst. eg. legato synth bass and ac gtr

03 ‘Modern Man’ – The Suburbs (2010) – Arcade Fire

  • odd beat, extra beat every second bar (9/4?)
  • rich ornamentation over simple riff
    string stabs, verbed elc gtr stabs,
  • lyric:’makes me feel like’ doubled
  • chorus: vox melody doubles with lead gtr, then deviates

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. add a beat to a 4/4 riff
  2. chorus: vox melody doubles with lead gtr, then deviates

02 ‘Ready To Start’ – The Suburbs (2010) – Arcade Fire

  • merges with previous track … high strings continue
  • snr and tense gtr riff enter
  • single note riff, adds second semitone to create tension
  • then bass, full drums, and sfx enter
  • vox enter and riff drops out leaving bass, drums and elc gtr
  • lyric: ‘If I was scared, I would And if I was bored, you know I would And if I was yours, but I’m not’
  • after last line drums turn to toms, building to next section (verse or repeat chorus)
  • final section intro: rapid fire bass line (synth?), drums reduced to kik

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. single note riff, adds second semitone to create tension
  2. after last line drums turn to toms, building to next section (verse or repeat chorus)
  3. final section intro: rapid fire bass line (synth?), drums reduced to kik
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