Marion by Berlin w/ Stings: Review
Following his debut single, ‘All Our Friends!!’ the singer-songwriter, producer and composer Max Berlin’s project Berlin w/ Strings continues the trend of blending cinematic orchestration with contemporary sound in his double single release, Marion/yeah.
The first song of the two singles, Marion, kicks off by creating suspense with cellos and violas right from the get-go in a true cinematic fashion. Upon first listen, some might even mistake the opening for the soundtrack of a thriller movie. As the song progresses, the suspense keeps building up as the telephone-like distorted vocals go on telling a story of a car crash. The suspense occasionally comes to a break for a calmer piano and cleaner vocal, but the eerie strings and the glitchy vocals stay in the background waiting to come back again. The song builds up and comes down like this a few times and every time it does, the tension that’s been built up by the bowed instruments are released by haunting piano chords that send chills down your spine. When it all stops, adding to its cinematic characteristics, you realize it stops at a “musical cliffhanger” that transits into the next single, yeah. A fine piece of storytelling that builds up the suspense for what to come.
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Review by: Gabe Finch