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AQUILO - Thin
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Published:
Oct 10, 2017
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Why do we like this?

I've always loved the poeticism of describing something as "thin." 

It's one of those words that sounds like what it describes. Say it a few times; it's not particularly emphatic. It is monosyllabic, flimsy and wispy. As soon as you breathe it out it's gone into (thin) air.

If you spread yourself too thin, you’re overextended, exhausted, overcommitted. If you're thin as a rail you're wasting away. If you're on thin ice you're engaging in risk with potentially destructive consequences.

Thin is a yearning, a begging, a whispered breath of a waning hope. While AQUILO evokes a similar sentiment in this track, the sound is quite the opposite.

The vocal harmonies provide a necessary fullness over subtle finger-picking. It feels hopeful rather than defeated. It transforms through minimal and organic instrumentation to a crescendo of synth phases and a definitive chorus.

This song could function well as a sequel to Bon Iver's "Skinny Love." It's the acceptance that comes from letting go. It's a reminder that there's something to seek after that thin thread snaps. 

 

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