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Silkwave- Fingers On The Key

Rebranding as Silkwave from their former pseudonym Motion, the Edinburgh-based group emerge from lockdown with their new single ‘Fingers On The Key’.

Both produced and mixed by the band, Silkwave explain, “The song itself is an open letter to a friend or close one who’s hit the ropes. You see them in a different way you’ve maybe not seen them before, but you remind yourself and them that it’s only temporary”. Covering the personal topic over indie-pop riffs, manic effects and half-time intervals, ‘Fingers On The Key’s sound is a little more hyper than its lyrical content…

Commencing with a simple yet upbeat Manchester-esk synthpop vibe, the glitzy music suddenly incorporates a short half-time section. Though out of the blue, the unusual placement of the shifted sound adds a fresh level of distinction to the track.

Proceeding into the verse, the vocals are completely drowned in a delayed reverb, blanketing the rest of the music. The addition of reverb and touches of delay here and there usually thicken out a track’s sound out fairly effectively, but unfortunately in this instance, it has been seriously overdone. The delay-time and level of reverb in the vocal effects see the lyrics overlap and conflict with itself, distracting you from the rest of the music. Vocally, the pronunciation is very articulate but for the tracks style, the frontman could afford to sand down the edges a little and really delve into their own individual tone.

The casual tones and chordal patterns used definitely nod their head to the 90’s rock of Manchester and though executed decently, if the attention to effects were focused on the guitars as opposed to the vocals, the band might have conjured something a little more unique than recycled Britpop tones. Aside from the half-time decorations featured here and there throughout the track, there isn’t a strong refinement of instrumental change ups in the structure, leaving the tracks navigation slightly off.

The creative ideas from the band are certainly visible throughout the music but just seem to have been focused in the wrong areas in ‘Fingers On The Key’. The vocals don’t require the excessive effects used and the guitar tones too need a little sprinkle of individuality. In Silkwave’s rebrand, I’m positive we’re set to see the band’s creativity flourish throughout their journey.

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