Here at Sugarscape we pride ourselves on having impeccable music taste. We have Same Difference's debut album on CD for a reason, y'know? That said, though, we couldn't tell a B-flat from an F sharp if one slapped us in the face.
So THANK GOD AND ALSO JESUS that those crazy critters over at Classic FM have decided to do what they're calling an 'in-depth music theory analysis' of Zayn Malik's smashing solo single 'PILLOWTALK.' Sort of like a super academic GCSE music essay. About Zayn.
Why they've bothered to do it we're not entirely sure (*cough* to expand their audience and get clicks *cough*), but then others might argue WHY NOT?
Writing about the verses, this Daniel Ross chap off of Classic FM explained: "The vocal melody in the verses is almost purely pentatonic, clinging desperately to those black notes and very rarely stepping beyond. It means that, in keeping with making this a simple song to sing, all he has to do is variously rattle up and down that pentatonic scale to achieve an impressive sound."
His infamous ad-libs? WELL, Daniel reckons: "Zayn's ad-libs become super-playful. Listen to how he sings "Nobody but you, 'body but me, 'body but us, bodies together": he makes it skip with triplets against the prevailing tempo, reigning them in beautifully and hypnotically.
"Inventive, memorable, and precisely the kind of hook that makes a song sink into your head without you realising it"
Wanna know something about the vocal range? Well apparently: "The vocal range of the whole song is A flat up to that top B, just a smidge over a single octave. There's nothing wrong with that, particularly, but wouldn't it have been nice to hear Zayn really opening up his instrument? While it's a fine performance, it's not exactly Mariah. Or even Miguel, actually, with whom Zayn is going to have to compete in the vocal stakes as more singles trickle out."
So there you go.
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