Because “Plea” is not complex. It’s simpler, like a water molecule. The synth lines are clean and sinewave-y, treated with just enough reverb to make the keys sound like dollops of Cool Whip (dollops have a sound now.) The bassline is translucent but vast, like a bunch of heavy, low hanging clouds. Am I doing this track any justice?
I’m being influenced by the cover art. Eli Dawson chose a view that any Boston resident would know, gazing up through the Zakim Bridge at 50 mph, changing lanes as the whole city merges onto an interstate highway that runs right underneath the harbor. But wait. I remembered the melody.
The melody popped into my head when I wasn’t even listening to music. Dawson’s crew has melody, too. Queue up “Brain Lust” by In_Rotation, a collective of Boston based electronic musicians comprised of Dawson, Mitchell Cohen and Ramona Bullock. “Brain Lust” has bright vocals over a garage beat. And queue up “Plea.” Something about that smoothly climbing high note makes me want to look upward.
So I tilt my head.