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My Bloody Valentine - "To Here Knows When"

My Bloody Valentine To Here Knows When

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Authored)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Female (2)

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Author Notes

This, to me, is one of the most perfect pieces of music ever recorded. A massive swirl of noise with beautiful sounds and melodies everywhere. Remember how I described shoegaze as being a "lovely ocean of noise"? Well, this song is truly the epitome of that description. The track immediately grabs your attention with its shimmering synth melody. Then you're dropped into the verse, where you get your first taste of the gorgeous, dreamy vocal melodies, shrouded by clouds of guitar noise that's almost entirely removed from any sound you'd normally expect to hear from a guitar. The chorus continues this as more layers of vocals and keyboards enter, the guitar begins to take a more harmonious sound, and the vocal melody is 50 times prettier than the second-prettiest thing you've heard. The outro just drones on and on, but despite that, you still don't want it to end; you want it to go on forever because it's the most beautiful sound you've ever heard. And while you could more accurately replace every "you" (or variant thereof) with "I," "me," "my," "etc.," it doesn't change that "you" could be YOU if you give this a listen.


The keyboard part is probably the most varied and fun instrument in this song. The striking intro melody, which reprises itself at a couple other points in the song, consists of fast 16ths across different note. The verses are more relaxed, with quick pairs of 16th notes sprinkled throughout. The chorus is the highlight, featuring a mix of arpeggiated 8th and 16th notes, which never seem to repeat the same pattern twice.


The guitar part is almost entirely made up of moderately fast 16th strumming of different 2-note chords - fast enough to be a bit tricky, but still fairly laid-back. The ending is mostly unrelated to the next, a slower but more varied riff that plays distorted and alone.


Bass and drums are quite simplistic. The drum rhythm is neat, with slightly fast double kicks and snare ghost notes in between, but it repeats the same way throughout the whole song. The bass part is 16th strumming just like guitar, but on single notes.


Vocals are a similar story throughout the album - if you like the song, you'll like singing those lovely melodies (though the ending might get repetitive). Interesting to note is the second harmony part, which might go unnoticed even if you're very familiar with the song and album. It contributes some high background "hoo"s and echoes of the lead melody in the bridge and outro.