This review covers the synth-pop track Advance – Fractured Existence (Unity One Remix).
The track starts with a side-chained synth pad. This is layered with a minor melody. After this, the vocals do come in. The vocals contain a delay effect that is, interestingly, filtered down.
The track goes back and forth between vocals and non-vocal portions. For the non-vocal portions, an effect is often thrown in to break the track up. This is certainly a positive for the track because it does, at the very least, segment the track somewhat for variety.
What I like about this track is the synth melodies. Though it may seem a bit over-used to some, it still works in this tracks favour. It gives this track a sense of energy and vibrancy.
I think the vocals have an interesting effect to them. The dry vocals either have no filtering or very little of it. To separate the delayed parts of the vocal and individually filter the effect after is not something that is found very often in a lot of tracks (at least tracks that I’ve heard). I think it gives the track an interesting effect.
The problem I find with this track is that there isn’t enough progression through the track. By the time you get to the first vocal portions of the track (which is only a few seconds in), there isn’t a lot that you hear that is different anywhere else. While segmenting the track with effects does help keep things interesting, it’s very easy for me to just gloss over this track after a while. It took me a bit to put my finger on why I couldn’t get excited over this track, but I think this is why.
Overall, this is an alright track. It is nicely segmented and has some interesting effects. The synth elements are also pretty decent as well. The lack of any major progression throughout the track may rob this track of some staying power, but that’s not to say this track doesn’t have merit. A decent track, but I will be gravitating towards other tracks after a while.