Daily Song Study

Eisley – Invasion

In songs on July 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Most songs are written about fairly concrete occurrences in life. Relationships, emotions, natural disasters, etc. Occasionally, though, artists branch out into more fantastical territory.

Eisley is a Tyler, Texas-based band of sisters & cousins who early in their career wrote fantasy/sci-fi songs on a regular basis, one of which I’ve included here. The tune is a take on the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers, one of the most remade and enduring sci-fi flicks of all time. As usual, Sherri and Stacy Dupree alternate verse vocals, combining their voices in the chorus with a creepy intensity that evokes the film’s sense of dread brought about by changes in things formerly familiar.

This song is also a good example of something I haven’t discussed by name yet, that being the importance of a bridge or middle-eight. The bridge here is absolutely essential. It propels the song to a higher level of intensity, and makes repeat listens more rewarding, a good goal for any songwriter. Inserting the bridge vocal into the final chorus hammers it home and brings the whole thing to a satisfying conclusion. A good song is a journey, and here the listener is dropped off somewhere far from where they began.

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