Alright, I have to be totally honest here. I am not a huge fan of synth or vocoder, in general. And while I won’t say that Make & Model’s latest single release ’Change Of Heart‘ has completely changed my mind on this one, I do have to give credit where credit is due. This very sombre and rather morose piece did get me in the heart a little bit. I wouldn’t say that I had a ‘Change Of Heart‘ ultimately but I did feel this song in my heart and that has definitely got to count for something.
Before I rip into anything, I have to say how much I enjoyed the simplicity and seriousness of the lyrics. “always got something to say”, “then you turn into your dad”…then you turn into your dad. You know, there are some things that really hit home for me on this one. I feel like I am the person to whom Make & Model are singing. I definitely always have something to say…even sometimes when someone is walking away. And I do know that feeling that I’m turning into my dad. Anyhow, point being, the song hits me regardless of what I like or dislike about the music.
And speaking of the music, I suppose it’s time to stop gushing and start reviewing. As I’ve said, I’m not a huge fan of synth or vocoder. And I should clarify, I’m not a huge fan of vocoder being used through the entirety of a song. Something in me just wants to have a real human connection with a real human voice. That being said, I was clearly still able to make connections with the lyrics in spite of the synthetic and robotic voicing.
I like the pacing of this song because it really sets a certain mood and it keeps everything in this rather lethargic and sombre groove. The drums could have been sequenced to be at least a bit more interesting but I won’t fault them much for that given that the drums do help to serve that monotonous and morose way the song progresses.
Now, to the vocals. It’s hard to tell what the singer’s actual voice is like given that the vocoder is the vehicle through which the voice is heard in this song. Given that, if I were to justify this for Make & Model, I would say that it helps to signify the separation that the main character of this song is feeling with regards to the ‘Change Of Heart‘ in spite of the fact that the other character (the one to whom the singer is singing) cannot seem to change at all; just following the expected pattern.
I must say that there are two things about this vocal quality that I really was not a fan of. the “chic-a chic-a’s” in the piece seemed a little too contrived and lacking the same feeling the rest of the vocals had throughout. And it doesn’t help either that there were a couple of instances where I simply could not decipher what it was that was being sung. While I can get the evocation of feeling from the music and the melody, it would also be good to understand the lyrics fully to better analyze the song.
Regardless of my stuffy views on the synthetic music scene, I would still suggest that you give a listen to ‘Change Of Heart‘ yourself in order to gather your own thoughts and opinions. This single is a prelude to Make & Model’s EP release this coming weekend. The debut EP is titled ‘Channel Surfing‘ and Swept will, of course, be covering it as well. So stay tuned and in the meantime give a listen to ‘Change Of Heart‘ right HERE. It might change you. And you know that they say…”you really can’t change a change of heart.”