- The vocal part ranges over 2 octaves and sometimes sounds improvised.
- The falling vocal phrases reflect the sadness of the song.
- Most of the word painting is syllabic although there is the use of mellisima on certain words.
- There is word painting on the words “fire” and “love”.
- In the bridge there is vocalization when he uses falsetto.
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Harmony and Tonality
- The piece is written in E minor although it is often ambiguous.
- The intro focuses on the chord of D and the key only becomes clear halfway through verse 1.
- Chromatic chords move in parallel motion.
- There is dissonant harmonies.
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1) Intro - Verse 1 - Pre chorus - Chorus
2) Link - Verse 2 - Pre chorus - Chorus
3) Middle 8
4) Link - Verse 3 - Outro
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Rhythm, Metre and Tempo
- The time signature is 12/8.
- There is lots of syncopation used.
- The vocal melody is rhythmically free.
- There is the use of cross-rhythms.
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- Guitars(in drop D tuning)
- Bass guitar
- Synthesiser (used to thicken texture and add effects)
- Drum kit.
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- The synthesiser strings drop in and out to add effect and vary texture.
- The texture thickens throughout the piece, especially in the coda.
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Use of Technology
- There is modulation on the synthesizer at the start of the song.
- There is the use of distortion and flanging on the guitar.
- Also, the use of EQ in the final verse.
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