08 ‘Girl On The Sporting News’ – Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper (2009) – Julian Plenti

  • low vox – doubled
  • electric guitar lick – mirrored by strings
  • shuffling snare beat intro
  • finger picking acoustic chorus, drums drop out
  • intro/v1 – ch – intro/v2 – ch – outro

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. shuffling snare beat intro

07 ‘Unwind’ – Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper (2009) – Julian Plenti

  • horns!
  • the beat is a variation of the ‘Games For Days’ beat – snr on the 2 3 4
  • simple lyric, variations on a line
    “I see your face and I let you own me
    I see your face and I let you unwind
    I see your face and I let you own me
    I feel you shaking, know a pleasure of my design
    I see your face and I let you own me
    I cant replace you, wanna give us another try?
    I see your face and I let you own me
    I feel you shake, I won’t let you unwind”
  • I – V – IV – IIm (IIIm passing)- no changes (some variation in the middle 8 )
  • arrangement creates shape – crunching guitars, thumping drums and horns to begin, bass and choral vox only in change
  • vox – start with whispered/tremelo double for the ‘verse’, chrous vox  standard double, middle 8 harmonies + whispered

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. soft and loud dynamics, density and sparseness – lyric repetition/single chord progression
  2. switching of doubling vox effects

06 ‘No Chance Survival’ – Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper (2009) – Julian Plenti

  • picking clean elect guitar, vox joins
  • bass root notes (double bass)
  • lyric “you can live your whole life in a cave, man”

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. “living in a cave, man” – name calling puns ie, honey, honey. sugar, sugar. tea, bag.

05 ‘Madrid Song’ – Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper (2009) – Julian Plenti

  • piano chord stabs, vox joins (doubled)
  • strings join
  • spoken word sample, large spoken sections + small, melodic sample
  • single melody/lyric line “come have at us, we are strong”
  • ‘hearbeat’ loop joins after vox

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. spoken word sample as melodic material

04 ‘Games For Days’ – Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper (2009) – Julian Plenti

  • the beat – (kik) and 1 and (snr) 2 3 4
  • verse chords: VIm – IIm
  • chorus chords: VIm – IV – I – III7
  • crunching guitars, punchy drums

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. the beat (and 1 and) ( 2 3 4)
  2. VIm – IV – I – III7
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