on September 2, 2016 | Last updated March 4, 2017
My Bloody ValentineWhen You Sleep
Release Type: User Audio Type: Single-track Reductions: Yes (Authored) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (2)
Update 1: Better venue effects to coincide with full album release.
If you only end up liking one song from the album (which would be a shame, by the way), it would almost certainly be this one (or "Sometimes," but I'll get to that later). This song would be pop perfection on its own, but the added textures and effect common across the whole record elevate it to an even higher level. It's a fast-paced, upbeat rocker, and there's basically two alternating sections to it - the hook, where the keyboard takes a high lead melody and the guitar kicks it up a notch too, and the lovably catchy verse. To many listeners, this song sounds like Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher are singing together, but it's actually just many takes of Kevin alone, some sped up and some slowed down, creating an indistinguishable voice. This effect originated from Shields' frustration over not being able to record a perfect take; as it turns out, the perfect take turned out to be all of them combined.
The keys part has that iconic synth melody to play in the main hook of the song, and there's another different bit that appears between the first and second verses. Sadly, there's nothing to actually play during the verses.
This song's guitar part is entirely on a basis of 8th note chord strumming, but there are many variations in the rhythm, and a bunch of quick 16ths mixed in as well. Easy, but it keeps you engaged.
That last sentence applies to the other parts as well. Drums play a 8-beat on the ride cymbal throughout, with frequent kicks whenever there's not a snare. There's also a bunch of fairly tricky snare and tom rolls all over the song, which brings the difficulty up relative to the other parts.
The bassline is basically 8th note strumming throughout the song, but there are some quick HOPO triplets in the main riff/hook section.
The vocal melody in the verses is mostly repetitive, but it's such a great melody that it's fun every time. Difficulty-wise, it's not hard, but there are a couple tricky slides in there.