There are songs out there to just listen to on the go. The new release of Focus Your Audio doesn’t fall into this category. In my opinion this song aims for nothing less than letting the listener experience the feelings of the singer. And it hits the mark.
With a soft and defensive backing of piano, strings and a guitar, the stage is set for those awesome vocals of singer Sarah. This track has a special appeal to me since there’s a special feel attached to the vocals. You can feel the energy that lies hidden in them. Although this track being a soft and defensive ballad, there’s this undeniable energy waiting to break free like a caged bird. (That bird finally breaking free is one of the pictures “Masquerade” creates in my head, by the way.) For me, this reflects part of the unfiltered emotions the listener is allowed to hear.
As this track was written to describe the personal experience of watching a loved one go through mental illness and addiction, the track passes through several stages, there are small things placed in the song to make the song feelable. Those reverbed haunting vocals whispering like little voices in your head, for example. The mood change of the vocals and the music I talked about earlier. All these things allow the listener to really dive into the experience. Music like this isn’t just created and then consumed – it’s lived.
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