on May 18, 2018 | Last updated May 18, 2018
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Authored) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (3)
Thanks to Septekka for chart testing and the following write up:
"40 Days" is one of the more upbeat and poppy songs that the album has to offer. It's rather similar in tone to "Alison," though perhaps a little less dreamy and with a bit more emphasis on a more forward rock sound. It starts out fairly clean and a bit restrained, but following each chorus is a dramatic swell into the striking guitar lead. The lyrics were particularly inspired by the breakup of Halstead and Goswell, who were in a relationship prior to th writing of this album, and they lament the loss of a lover in a way that likens the pairing's end to an actual death. The outro really drives the song home, reprising the earlier guitar lead but with one last stunning vocal melody, while the guitars kick it up a notch further.
The drums on this song are also quite fun, with a similar 8th note ride pattern to the one played in "Alison" with a feel that's both driving and loose. There's a good variety of fills throughout, such as the dramatic flam-kick fill into the guitar lead, some quick 32nd note snare rolls, and tricky triplets on the snare and toms.
The guitar part features 3-note chords played in 8ths with little fluorishes of 16th notes, but changes to a single note melody during the post-chorus guitar leads. Watch out for little solo-ish HOPO bits in the outro, as well as some quick triplet strumming that could throw you off.
The bass part is again, mostly 8th note strumming on different frets, but there's enough little variations in the strum patterns to keep it from being too boring.
This could be the trickiest song on the album for vocals, with a decent amount of range between the verse and choruses, as well as a second harmony (besides Goswell joining on octaves) that's not too obvious and might be tough to pick out.