Tim: I like this, mostly.
Tom: Good grief, that’s a cracking bit of instrumentation. That pretty much defines ‘uplifting electronica’. There’s just so much going on.
Tim: My dad’s told me he can’t stand Florence and the Machine, and previously I’ve always just nodded and said ‘yes dad’ in a rather patronising ‘you’re old and you’re not meant to like it’ way. Now, though, I’m on my way to understanding what he’s talking about, because my word does this voice here grate occasionally.
Tom: I don’t think it’s her voice – she’s the victim of a poor microphone and recording studio.
Tim: You think?
Tom: If I’m right, there’s a high-frequency sound, like air escaping from a balloon, that’s been recorded along with her. Either that or she’s had some kind of tracheotomy, but I think that’s unlikely.
Tim: A tad, yes, so fair enough. She’s a mostly anonymous singer (Orion’s the dance producer who came up with the excellent backing), and those long notes in the chorus that should be beautiful and soaring just make me want to turn it down a bit. Which a real shame, because the tune it’s over is fantastic. Can we get this rerecorded? Or at least a vocal-less version?
Tom: I think the term’s “instrumental”—
Tim: Which I was going for before I realised that technically there aren’t any actual instruments in there, so I thought it would sound a bit odd.
Tom: —but you’re right – it’d be just as good as an additional synth line. Aside from that, though: brilliant.