PLGRMS – Daylight Review

I stumbled upon the music of PLGRM via Warner Music Germany’s Facebook page. The snipped they posted was catchy enough for me to seek the song on Spotify. Daylight‘s video is directed by Peter Majarich, and I think it suits the song perfectly. The best videos make the song sound even better, and this is the case with Daylight.

Jacob Pearson‘s vocal performance on Daylight is really captivating. It’s mostly soft, yet packs a lot of power when needed. I really appreciate the lyrics as well, because they are way above today’s (low) standards. The chorus goes…

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“I need a little daylight
I can feel your tracing my skin
I see your little disguise
and it’s enough to color me in.”

There’s something really emotional about these lyrics. I do like the verses too. I think everything just fits together very well in this song – the melodies, the lyrics, the vocal performance and the production style play the same game. Those are the things that I pay close attention to, when I’m listening to new music, and the criteria I have in mind, when I’m writing my own music.

The sound of Daylight is really modern. There are plenty of instruments that sound traditional, but which have been processed in a way that makes them sound cool and stylish. Synth bass rides along with wooden percussion, a trick they’ve used in previous songs as well. Trendy distant vocal echoes are present, but have thankfully been left in the background and not as some redundant vocal hooks. They’re there just to underline the eerie feeling of the song. There’s plenty of vocal power in the main melody, so there is no need to distract the listener with chopped-up vocal bits.

Daylight is decorated with really nice little sonic details, like the grinding effect at 1:01 and similar aural juice at the end. I especially like how the synths sneak up on you, slowly building up from a harmless ghost in the distance to a threatening storm wave in the chorus.

There’s a lot to like in the aesthetics of PLGRM. I recommend following them on Spotify.

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