03 ‘Skyscraper’ – Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper (2009) – Julian Plenti

  • 6/8 time
  • mostly instrumental
  • single chord, then change to 3 chord pattern
  • single line repeated X 4 “shake me, shake me, skyscraper” appears in the second half
  • picked acoustic, strings join, then bass, piano and tinkling chimes
  • drums enter, starts with thumping floor tom (or kik hit with a beater)
  • returns to acoustic picking, piano melody line, woodwind for outro
  • background ambience or voices, atmos …

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. monotone one chord – minimalist tricking of giving the eventual change more impact
  2. low baritone vox

02 ‘Fun That We Have’ – Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper (2009) – Julian Plenti

  • chorus is a single line repeated 4 times (with an internal repeat) “with all the fun that we have, we have come far”
  • ch – v1 – ch – v2 – bridge/outro
  • outro features dirty strummed/palm muted elect guit chord progression, overlayed with loop gradually slowing
  • vox doubling includes distant reverb version
  • punchy drums again, dropping in and out again
  • verse beat breaks up the steady thump of the choruses
  • bridge/outro vox distant and spacey (space it was recorded in)

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. slowing loop countering the beat
  2. a single line repeated with an internal repeat. “with all the fun that we have, we have come far”

01 ‘Only If You Run’ – Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper – Julian Plenti

  • intro – entirely unlike the rest of the song – sets the ‘tone’ (also reappears faintly in outro)
  • vox melody on the beat “i’ve had my frustrations about’
  •                                          1    2     3    4    5    6    7    8
  • vox doubled
  • Key F
  • I – V – VIm – IV verse, IV – VIm – I – IIIm chorus
  • v1 ch v2 ch bridge ch
  • oscillating texture in back ground of intro, and first chord progression – linking the intro and song
  • whispered sample edit loop (not as integral to the song as I would like)
  • punchy thumping drum beat (verses only – chorus features less focused loop)
  • bridge vocal back in the mix

KEY IDEAS to plunder

  1. intro + oscillating texture
  2. vox melody on the beat
  3. I – V – VIm – IV verse, IV – VIm – I – IIIm chorus

Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper (2009) – Julian Plenti

  • baritone vocals

01 ‘Only If You Run’ – Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper – Julian Plenti

  1. intro + oscillating texture
  2. vox melody on the beat
  3. I – V – VIm – IV verse, IV – VIm – I – IIIm chorus

02 ‘Fun That We Have’ – Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper (2009) – Julian Plenti

  1. slowing loop countering the beat
  2. a single line repeated with an internal repeat. “with all the fun that we have, we have come far”
  1. monotone one chord – minimalist tricking of giving the eventual change more impact
  2. low baritone vox

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

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

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

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

Julian Plenti … Is Skyscraper (2009) – Julian Plenti

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