Hello, and happy Sunday! 🙂
Today’s “Sunday Slow Jam” is none other than Swedish singer Robyn’s “With Every Heartbeat,” which was released back in 2007, but surprisingly has a musical structure reminiscent of 90’s dance music. Very interesting juxtaposition between the old and the new!
I first discovered this song when I came across the Swedish LGBT film Kyss Mig (“Kiss Me”). Telling the story of two women who fall in love with each other, the film offers both wonderful visual aesthetics of the Swedish countryside (and actresses!) 😉 as well as a lovely score, of which includes Robyn’s vocals. I am providing the fan-made music video to Kyss Mig, which I think is well done in juxtaposition to the song itself.
Aside from having discovered it through the film, “With Every Heartbeat is also very distinctive, rather unconventional from the typical song structure in popular music today. For one thing, there is no well-defined chorus, as there appears to be no buildup to one. Then again, one can argue that Robyn’s repetition of “and it hurts with every heartbeat” at the song’s end is the chorus, but still, it is very unclear as to whether it is.
Another thing is the song’s genre itself: while one might classify it as being electronica, with its beeps and video game-like sound, I believe that it is more than just your usual dance-floor jam. With its slow, soaring strings and synths (like that alliteration I did there?) 😉 as well as its minimalist, but effective, repetitive lyrics, “With Every Heartbeat” offers a cerebral experience that makes listeners think and reflect on what they’re listening to, and how it might relate to their own life, in terms of love, loving someone, and heartbreak.
Give this song a try, yeah? Enjoy the rest of the day!
— The Finicky Cynic
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