Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz
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While U Were Out - It's Always You (song review) |self-released, 2014|
While U Were Out (also known as TWPHMusic) is a composing and recording British duo founded in 2013 and consisting of Trevor Wiles (keyboards) and Paul Hadler (vocals & guitar). Both musicians however, have already been writing music collectively for over 10 years.
While U Were Out’s debut single titled 'It's Always You' was released in mid-2014. It’s a pop-rock song with hit potential. It begins with a grungy-dirty rhythm guitar riff that is soon joined by another riff, tuned up higher to build a contrast. Drums and bass come next. The vocals are rather high, clear, initially quite gentle, getting emotional in choruses.
Most listeners prefer music they've already heard before in terms of melodies or arrangements. Thus, they are more eager to learn about and buy songs recorded in a style similar to the ones they already know. The composition and arrangements here were written with a classical approach. This kind of songwriting has resulted in an easy listening song. 'It's Always You' turned out reasonably short - it makes for an excellent radio, movie trailer or TV ad track. The rhythm however, is the same for verses and choruses. With a bit of additional diversity, slightly more intriguing arrangements could have been created. The atmosphere is light and friendly, possibly directed towards the teenage listeners, though it’s not definitely a teen-chart-product type of song.
The production is very good and underlines the importance of vocals and guitars at first, while drums and bass are placed in the background. This way, the song sounds more emotional rather than heavy, yet it keeps being rhythmic.
While U Were Out write music for other bands as well, not limiting themselves to pop or rock alone. It is worth mentioning that Pink Floyd's Nick Mason played drums on their track called 'Loves Forever'.
If you're looking for non-intrusive music that talks about relationships between people, this single is certainly for you.
(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Music Magazine, November 9th, 2014. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
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