If black were truly black not grey
One single little edit turned Solitude Sometimes Is from amazingperfection into amazingperfection+ for me.
There was a discussion about the album’s backing vocals on the Forever Delayed fan forums. There had been mentions of Sean doing loads of backing vocals on the album in the interviews around the album’s release, and naturally curious fans wanted to know where. So one guy edited some background vocal heavy moments of the songs, including Solitude’s chorus. Not only did the edit alter the music in a rather offbeat yet quite cool way (very echoed, all the subtle background sounds put to the front and vice versa thanks to the edit job), but Sean’s vocals were pushed to the forefront. His vocal melody is slightly different to James’ which gave it its own quirk, but the singing in general was fantastic. Maybe not technically but dammit, I’m in love with the guy’s singing voice based on that small 30 sec snippet. He should do more audible backing vocals.
Anyway, outside now having my ears perked during the chorus to enjoy the stunning vocals in it even more, I enjoy SSI in general. A simple structure that continues to build up in a fantastic way, journeying from a peaceful and meditative stand-alone to a soaring anthem. The march is melodic, the march is beautiful. Add some fantastic lyrics (the main theme indeed being solitude and the way it manifests itself in both good and bad), some amazing musical backing – bloody love that glockenspiel-thingy and the roaring guitar – and you’ve got a true classic in your hands. Like a lot of Lifeblood, it relies on subtlety. While it’s a very extroverted, soaring anthem, it’s got a whole load of wonderful quiet details to it – the minimal guitar lines in verses, the cold piano that gets drowned under all the other sounds, those amazing synth strings, etc.
The demo/alternate mix of the song that was heard on the officially unreleased Patrick Jones video has slight sound changes but doesn’t really alter the song. It’s a bit more grounded and less swooping, but still has the same majesty to it.
My boyfriend’s favourite MSP song, by the way.