On That Note

Want another song to love with no strings attached?  No commitment?  Who doesn't?  I don't, but that's besides the point.  Take "True Love" by Friendly Fires, the eighth track off of the band's second album, Pala.  
An image similar to one you may have in mind when thinking of the song title...
The British alternative dance band reels in their listener with a fast paced tempo containing plenty of reverb/delay/whatever you want to call it to last you a month - the track is like the Death Star's tractor beam and sucks me in, largely in part to all necessary ingredients being present; that is, high pitched rhythm guitar, bass with a groove, and a strong melody.  Lyrics aside (you know how I roll), the bass and drum combo sets the tone of the song right from the introduction.  With just enough groove to make you think you are listening to early Prince and as basic drum you can find (keeping time), the ground is set for the entrance of the vocal melody with supplemental rhythm guitar.  Once that happens, the song remains fluid through due to great phrasing and direction by properly developed melody and harmony.
What I would argue is more representative of the actual music behind the song title...
I am convinced the artists are getting at something everyone can relate to - they just want true love.  Who doesn't want that?  What I like about this track is that it implies that this human experience can take any form, not merely the cookie cutter love ballad we are so used to hearing.  Pulsating guitar with groovy bass can be a way in which people wonder or celebrate this thing we call love.  Enough of that stuff though, check this out to go deeper down the rabbit hole - I was there.  They do a pretty good job of living up to their genre label of alternative dance, ey?  Not bad for some white guys from England.

Until next time...



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