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Slowdive - "Dagger"


Slowdive Dagger

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Authored)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Male (3)

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Author Notes

Thanks to Septekka for chart testing and the following write up:
 
On its final note, the album takes a turn for the sparse and emotional, with the acoustic ballad, "Dagger," which sounds unlike almost anything else in the Slowdive's discography. The song brings the equation down to just acoustic guitar, vocals, and soft bass, and yet it feels just as dreamy and beautiful as the rest of the album. The unusual chords and half-step down tuning on the guitar give the song an eerie, but alluring feel. The song carries heartrending lyrics about a collapse relationship where the narrator didn't understand how much he wounded his partner until he realizes how much he misses her, and after all the swirling layers that preceded it, Souvlaki simply concludes on a soft acoustic chord.
 
As you'd expect from an acoustic ballad, the guitar part essentially consists of 3-note chords strummed in a mix of 8th and 16th notes, which makes it decent enough for solo play but also a great song for voxtar.
 
The bass is mostly just a simple supporting part, mostly made up of quarter note and eighth note strumming.
 
This is a great song for singing, especially if you have someone to harmonize with you, as that chorus harmony is just oh-so-pretty. The third harmony doesn't come in till the very end, but the other harmony plays a prominent role in both choruses. One configuration that could work really well is having both a guitarist and bassist playing voxtar style and singing harmonies.



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