I think I was describing what was happening whilst trying to express something a bit more, but I don’t think I did a good job. I think I was thinking a little too actively when I probably should have let myself switch off more as I’ve listened to this song a lot.
Maybe that’s why I was thinking too actively.
Miyake Haruka’s “Merry Go Round” (it might be “merry go round”) is from EMERGE.
I hope you enjoy.
Simple, gentle guitar notes, alone and highly melodic. Soon a voice comes in, soft, emotive, expressive. There’s a happiness to this, but maybe there’s something lurking behind that happiness.
Eventually some more guitar comes in, along with simple bass and a steady, light beat. A little more… something akin to melancholy finds its way in; whilst it reshapes the song a little it’s not a driving force.
A little extra playing, then the chorus arrives with all the sounds of noisy (and perhaps aggressive) guitar. The bass and percussion free themselves up and remain loose and relaxed, though still tight and on point. The vocals increase and become warmer in a way, as well as more welcoming. The song may be perceived as loud in this section; it may be perceived as noisy, but it still remains easy and comforting. It’s something that isn’t relying on intense impact to be absorbed.
Second verse comes in and it follows in a similar vein to what came in the first verse once all the instrumentation came in. Some guitar twinkles, some vocals with perhaps a sense of longing or comforting, and an easy impact.
The second chorus is as the first was, though perhaps at this point it’s a little more inviting. It captures a sense of the past and flows with a sense of riding a breeze. Once it drops out there’s a build into a sense of release which arrives in a rather climactic manner without all the melodrama that usually implies. The guitar aggression returns, but its joyous.
A solo plays out, though it almost feels as though it’s not meant to be the focus and more an element building on the melody. Perhaps it is continuing the narrative presented earlier; it certainly holds a sense of release that fits with the climactic section of which it is a part.
As the instruments play away, the song fades out and comes to its end.