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C.D. On Songs: The Royalty – "Forth"

May 5, 2010

Hola amigos y amigas. Hoy es Cinco de Mayo, y estoy escribiendo en espanol con no ayuda del Google Translator. And I’m done with that, because my high school Spanish class never told me how to tell you that you should go to Great Scott tonight to see DOM, Magic Magic, and the subject of today’s C.D. on Songs review: The Royalty. The show is apparently being presented by “The Wet Bandits.” No, not Marv and Harry, we’re talking about two of the guys from Passion Pit, who, as far as we know, are not planning to rob the toy store at midnight. Also, it’s Dre’s (of The Royalty) birthday, so you can come and sing “¡Cumpleaños Feliz!” to him. So don’t forget about Dre, put down the taco and head on down to el ciudad de Allston este noche.

The Royalty – “Forth”[download it!]

The Royalty’s “Forth” immediately establishes its unique spirit as the very start of the track. The feel is somewhat loose and disheveled yet at the same time ordered in some way. It’s as if everyone is wearing matching ties, but the ties are loosened to the point of merely hanging around their necks.

“Forth” has an internal drive that imparts a certain swagger to the track, yet it is so well camouflaged by the song’s breezy appearance that “Forth” seems to swagger in spite of itself. The “orderly disorganization” of the track gives rise to multiple and various sounds and voices within the mix. These elements do not fade in and out, rather they rise up from inside the crowd for a few measures and then return to the background, never fully disappearing.

This song’s constant is the churning-yet-lazy guitar chords that permeate the entire track. The guitar itself sounds somewhat lazy, as if it might fall off the table at any point, but sweeps itself up in time for the beat. “Forth” has a constant lean to it that always seems on the verge of falling, only to right itself in time for another swagger. Which, we find, is pretty cool.

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