The Saint Johns have just dropped a great new live acoustic video for their track ‘Shadowplay’. It’s a stripped back version of the track, humbled with a naked sense of honesty, which accentuates the strength of melody.
And what a melody ‘Shadowplay’ has. Opening as it does with an acoustic riff that is nothing strikingly distinct, the main hook of the track is in its layers of melody and rich tapestry of harmony. It’s a finely woven track that combines the best elements of acoustic music (that is, that the acoustic itself sits in the background while vocal melody is the most important sound) with a chorus that is catchy without being unintelligent.
It’s also a track that gradually builds steam and momentum as it goes along, as all great acoustic tracks should be. It’s a fantastic rendition, and you can watch it below.