I like it when it feels like the drums slow down for a little bit (I don’t know if they’re actually slowing down or if they’re getting played a fraction behind the beat or something? This isn’t a thread where musical theory is required).
An example is in Darkness on the Edge of Town:
58 seconds in, there’s a darkness on the e-e-e-e-edge of town, that bit. Is it maybe changing time signature actually, from 4/4 to 6/8? Even scientists don’t actually know. Really enjoyable though.
False ending (at 2.39 here)
See also: Isolation by Joy Division.
Two songs with so much in common.
Half time drums (like in S-Ks bury our friends)
when it starts with a single snare hit
When the song is The Impression That I Get by The Mighty Bosstones
i prefer to listen to things in songs tbh
Going from mid-tempo to really fast quite quickly. Bands go it so little but it can be so effective.
I can’t listen to songs at the moment, so I can’t give you any exact timings, but here are two examples:
See also: a single snare hit as a fill, like in John L by Black Midi. Satisfyingly tight.
when a lot of instruments drop out so you’re just down to bass+drums or something similar
when a song changes quality/fidelity so you jump from a scratchy acoustic section into a full band bit, or vice versa. The opening of the GBV track does this well, or the ending of the Soccer Mommy one at 3:13
guitar harmonics - just one of my favourite sounds ever
Yus love this. 3:37 here when they cut back the synth:
very on brand band choices by us
Do love a false ending. The Midnight have pulled it off a couple of times, both to completely thrilling effect. That there’s so many other little things I love to happen in these songs (gated drums, big sax action, non-verbal choruses…) is just icing:
I like a good, long build-up at the start of a song. Same riff/hook, but with multiple instruments / tracks building on it. Like this
For kpop songs, when line distribution is changed, like if one part repeats its not the same person repeating but someone else for some variety, love to see that
Yeah! Like at 2:55 on this track: