“What You Need It For” by ioish

I love a good prog-rock song. There’s something about the relaxed starts, the slow buildups, and the climactic crescendo that resonates with me. It is a hard format to pull off, especially in an age where things tend to move much faster than before. That said, I think that ioish and Meredith Moore pull this format off brilliantly and keeps you super engaged with their single, “What You Need It For”.

This song, a completely instrumental track, has shades of classic rock and 2000s rock mixed together. I love when artists are able to mix sounds together and still sound original. The song starts quietly, reminiscent of how songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody” start, other than being purely instrumental. It then starts to have this buildup where the guitar quietly comes in and the percussion is dominant. I love that it gives us time for the climax, since you know that it’s coming.

There are other instruments that meld well together too, as you hear what sounds like a trumpet about a minute before the guitar comes in. I think that the trumpet gives the song a nice “oomph” to it. It makes the whole song sound like an experience. If you close your eyes while listening, you can picture this beautiful, moving painting while hearing it.

The guitar is just insanely good. I can’t sing its praises enough. When it comes in, it feels so triumphant, but it also blends in so well that you can appreciate it along with the other instruments. In other words, the guitar sounds dope, but it doesn’t take away from how dope the other instruments sound, which is an underrated skill.

As I said earlier, Ioish has created a moving painting with “What You Need It For”. I encourage all my readers to listen to this song with their eyes closed. You will truly experience something beautiful . Give “What You Need It For” by ioish a listen, and you won’t regret it!

Written by Marcus Norris





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