Songwriter: Stella Rose Bennett
Album: Fire on Marzz
Release date: 2019
Key: G Major
Chords in Key:
Glitter is written for vocals, guitar, synth, bass and drums.
Glitter starts with an anacrusis on the vocals. The guitar and bass enter next, playing the chords from the verse. It is a two chord pattern going between the tonic and subdominant, sometimes playing the major chord, and sometimes playing the major 7th chord. The bass guitar plays the root note of the chords on the downbeats, while the guitar plays on the upbeats with a lot of spring reverb added. The drums kick in at the start of the verse. Each subsequent verse adds a layer to the sound to keep interest up: in the second verse, a tambourine is added, in the third verse vocal harmonies are added.
The pre-chorus creates tension by switching to the supertonic and mediant minor 7th chords. This changes the feel from major to minor, and a more complex vocal melody in a descending pattern is added.
The chorus uses the same chord pattern from the verse with a synth pad added for emphasis. The vocal melody introduces a descending pattern at the end of each line, elaborating on it on the final line of the chorus. This line is then used in the lead break on the guitar. The lead guitar uses effects including delay and tremolo to help create a spacious, washy sound.
The fourth verse functions as an outro. The music is stripped back to the vocals, guitar and bass, mimicking the instrumentation of the intro and ending on a plagal half cadence.
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