“Suspension” (Acoustic) by Lights

The original version of the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQizeQSDTFM

Above, I provided for you the original version of the song. If you decide to listen it, you’ll notice that in the original the music is way more complex than the acoustic version and draws away from her voice and the lyrics. At least, that’s how I feel.

This week, we have been talking about how Campion strives for simplicity in his poetry and music. The music does not act its own elaborate entity in Campion’s music. The lute in his songs supports the singer rather than taking over the song.

Today’s artists find ways to manipulate the true quality of their music. Many of them use Auto-Tune to enhance their voices. We have to only look at Britney Spears or Selena Gomez for examples. Many artists also use complex music or electronic beats that have the potential to overrule the lyrics themselves, and they often do. Not a lot of music today, especially the songs on the radio, prescribe to the simplicity that Campion strives for. I’ve noticed a lull in this trend in which every song on the radio is techno and Auto-Tuned. For example, there is Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team” and Mumford & Sons’ “I Will Wait.” Still, a majority of the music continues to use complex music that outshines the artist’s voice and the lyrics. The music doesn’t necessarily support the singer. The music seems to be another entity. Just another song for people to dance to. And for me, that gets old… Fast.

Yet, artists always go back to acoustic sets — something that is more simple and seems more true.

When listening to Lights’ acoustic version of this song, I think there is a lot more emphasis on the words and her voice. The music never takes over the song. If anything, it supports her. The guitar chords are very simple and are usually played when she is singing words. The guitar never overpowers her voice or the lyrics; they contribute to the lyrics.

Note: I know that Campion’s music was only written for the lute and a single voice. This song has two instruments, but I don’t think that either of them ever take away from the words.

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