Coda by Christine Sako (The Fifthguys Remix) : Review
Christine Sako has been fixated on being a badass, guitar-wielding musician since the day she was hooked on Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated” in eighth grade. Following two years of touring with acts like Now, Now, Paramore, and Paper Route, she decided to focus on releasing her own material instead. Last year, she surprised her fans with three new tracks: “Coda,” “Seasoned,” and “Sentiment.” Sako’s single “Coda” is the first time she has released several versions of her song from the perspectives of other musicians.
Coda refers to the last section of a song that deviates from the main theme. Sako then writes lyrics about being torn between clinging on and moving on in a vicious cycle of a relationship that both parties know will end poorly. Both versions of the song effectively take advantage of the wide range of emotions that can be explored in this turmoil. The Fifthguys’ remix leans further toward the upbeat, EDM-influenced side. It’s got snapping fingers, heavier drum kicks, and some seriously booming electronic compositions. They also experiment with more vocal effects in the song while keeping it centered and engaging. The first version reads more like a confession made when she was feeling particularly vulnerable and lacked the strength to cut the tie. In contrast, there’s an air of casual defiance in this reworked version, as though she’d just decided she’d had enough and decided to break away. Whatever your mood, the American singer Christine Sako has a song for you. Her catalog is available on major streaming services.
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Review by: Lily Thomas