“Captivation” by Stereo Glow marries vintage and modern sounds with such subtlety, you won’t be able to decide if you’re listening to something straight from the eighties, or something created by the most innovative contemporary songwriters and performers (turns out, it’s the latter). With its smooth vocal arrangement, classic chord progressions, and nostalgic instrumentation, you’ll find yourself melting into the musical goodness implied by its apt title.
The intro involves the whole band–organ, drums, acoustic guitar, and keys. A lighthearted chord progression steadily chugs along toward the verse: “Hand over my eyes / makes a shadow land / Plastic shapes are in this space / How did I get here?” Lovely, warm vocals wash over the instrumentation, crooning some rather psychedelic lyrics. As the song continues on, the sectionality shifts as new textures pour in. A bright swarm of “Oo’s” and chorus-laden electric guitars characterize the pre-chorus. The chorus welcomes a second singer, both rocketing in harmony to this high-pitched, anthemic melody.
The second verse takes on a completely different atmosphere. It’s staccato. It’s diversely textured. It’s totally attention-grabbing. After this, we return to the familiarity of the pre-chorus and chorus, then hop straight into a guitar solo. The key and tonality change here, providing a bit of lift and differentiation. Overall, the effect of this song is wildly entertaining. You’ll be drawn in from moment one. So, be sure to give Stereo Glow some love on your choice of social media or streaming platform! You’ll be glad you got to know this naturally talented group.
Written by Alyce Lindberg
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