Tuesday, December 20, 2011

SONG OF THE DAY: tune-yards - "Powa"

The generic sound towering over tUnE-yArDs' 2011 album w h o k i l l is all over the place and this track is no exception. "Powa," aptly spelled in a curious way like every thing else in this band, starts with a high-pitched and soft voice singing over quiet acoustic guitar strumming. The riffs then become heavier less than a minute in and the singing rises in volume and drops in pitch as the song truly gains "powa." It moves along to the chorus where it exudes even more confidence, completely contrasting the innocence of the opening. The bridge continues this trend as the bassline carries the song along and then dives into an expression of emotion with lyrical movements near the genre of rap. The last 90-seconds are swirling around the chorus and Merrill Garbus' vocal talents as the song mellows out and eventually fades out, leaving you with the same emotion you felt coming in.

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