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06 ‘The Night Will Always Win’ – Build a Rocket Boys! (2011) – Elbow

  • organ drone, low
  • bonging, like an electronic alarm or school bell
  • vox, doubled with verbed keys
  • bonging follows and stays on last note of melody, in between lines
  • organ makes chord changes
  • organ bass comes in – & 1 & 2
  • bonging slows to end
  • drone fades, then stops suddenly

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. bonging, like an electronic alarm or school bell
    bonging follows and stays on last note of melody, in between lines
  2. bonging slows to end

05 ‘Jesus Is A Rochdale Girl’ – Build a Rocket Boys! (2011) – Elbow

  • ac gtr picking
    harmony and rhythm set on the one instrument; ac gtr
  • soft kik (or  gtr body thump) on beat
  • low vox
  • keys flourish after 1st verse
  • 2nd verse: vox and occasional one note or one chord keys on the 1s
  • keys flourish again after vox
  • last line of verses repeated
  • chorus: key chords on the 1s, otherwise the same as verses
    same chords and melody
  • keys solo/flourish til end
  • a sort of fade until gtr stops and keys give final flourish

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. harmony and rhythm set on the one instrument; ac gtr
  2. chorus: key chords on the 1s, otherwise the same as verses
    same chords and melody
    ie. accent instrument in between verses and reinforcement in choruses

04 ‘ Neat Little Rows’ – Build a Rocket Boys! (2011) – Elbow

  • distorted elc gtr riff + drums (toms, no metal) + handclaps and thigh slaps
  • reminds me of radiohead’s ‘there, there’
  • vox, distorted, doubled with keys
  • bass?
  • chorus: switches to steady beat with tambourine
    melody: keys + vox  – call and response
  • 2nd verse: as above but with organ
  • 2nd chorus: ends with extended with instrumental section
  • background children / crowd as solo
  • bvs: low ‘ohs”
  • lead vox: closer, doubled with keys – new melody
  • and back into chorus melody but this time with wordless singing and doubled with keys
  • slow down ending

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. chorus: switches from funky to steady beat
  2. background children / crowd as solo

03 ‘With Love’ – Build a Rocket Boys! (2011) – Elbow

  • opens with melody on elc gtr
  • 1st note repeated before launching into melody
  • rapid piano hammering
  • bass jolts + hand claps + vox
  • lead gtr melody / riff repeats
  • piano tumbles / flams
  • chorus: multipart vox ‘with love’
  • multiple vox parts overlap;
    solo vox: ‘love will find you out’
    triple male vox: ‘as anybody with a kind word’
    choir: ‘with love’
  • ends with single piano chord

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. 1st note repeated before launching into melody
  2. multiple vox parts overlap

 

02 ‘Lippy Kids’ – Build a Rocket Boys! (2011) – Elbow

  • quiet string or organ drone intro
  • piano or keys playing steady 3/4 beat, incorporating the melody into the rhythm
  • distant whistling – warehouse sound
  • bass
  • vox enters – first line repeated
  • chorus: bvs, hums + strings + bass + picking elc gtr + carnivalesque key arpeggios
  • vox line: ‘build a rocket boys!’ – sung low then high
  • back to verse instrumentation
  • structure: verse, chorus – repeat, then end with piano solo over verse instrumentation
  • bass drops out before final returning for piano solo
  • only steady piano left before it fades out

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. piano or keys playing steady every beat, incorporating the melody into the rhythm
  2. chorus: bvs, hums

 

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