Dalal, Suddenly


Dalal’s “Suddenly” starts off in full force. The sound is lush, lean and pristine. Every aspect of it is pure perfection from the beat to the hypnotic repetition that reveals greater nuance with more listens. Her voice is the beating heart of the piece. For all the production (which is incredibly enjoyable) it is her voice that gives the song definition. Absolutely exquisite delivery the way her voice manages to sink into the mind is admirable. Few people have the innate ability to create something fully formed and mysterious.

Audio: https://soundcloud.com/dalal/suddenly

Interestingly the way the song evolves it never quite settles into a definitive emotion. This mysterious quality makes it worth returning to, to try and hear the song in different emotional states. At some moments it appears to be nearly happy in temperament. Yet this ambiguous nature is one of the song’s greatest strengths. Even before she begins to sing the song skitters around celebratory (as best displayed in the hard consistent beat) and longing (as shown by the disembodied voices that are scattered throughout the background).

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMthsvXIOlI

Roughly halfway through the song there appears to be evidence of the sky clearing perhaps revealing the inner truth of the piece. Doing so would be a mistake giving the song a specific trajectory when realistically playing around with the listener’s perception is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the piece. By the finale the song ends on an undefinable note with the volume swell before dissolving into silence.


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