I probably made this point the last time I wrote about Sky Orchid but there is a real art to using space effectively in music. I shall probably keep making the point when I write about them in the future. It’s just that they seem to be the perfect example of how well it can be used to add so much more to a song. Now, that might sound odd, using less to make things more powerful, but it is true, there is even a cliche about it. But cliches exist for a reason, and that reason is because they are true and the slices of less that Sky Orchid put into their music makes the musical spectrum so much broader, higher, deeper.
I’m On Fire plays with gently chiming piano and emotive yet powerful vocals, beguiling, engaging and slow-burning, hypnotic and transfixing, before kicking off and launching into more sky-scraping sonics. But even when they do up the drama, it is the space between the sounds, the room to breathe that makes everything so much more effective. It is their ability to weave contrasting musical layers together, to create wonderful musical textures rather than just ramping up the weight of the piece that shows how skilful they are.
I’m On Fire is a slow-burning masterpiece, and that isn’t a word I use often, and coupled with an intriguing video, the end result is compelling, though-provoking and deftly delivered.
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