A review of “Flying” by Isaac Neilson


Isaac Neilson returns with a new song called “Flying,” a deep insight into the hardships that most men have with the darkest thoughts and the quest to find the light in the abyss of their minds. The song centers on the idea of quenching the urge to die in a hope that reality will escape from such realization. By means of creepy lyrics and emotional vocals, Isaacs portraits a view on being in a dreamy state where everything looks not real.

The softening touch of Isaac in remaking grunge genre is demonstrated in the song. The soft piano lines stand in contrast to the energy of the vocals and guitars, which shape the sonic image. The hypnotic piano at the background and a blend of clean and distorted guitars gradually build up the tension to lead smoothly to the song’s powerful chorus.

Isaac’s vocal harmonies were in great balance. They nicely creep through the instrumental arrangements, adding more depth and richness to the overall listening experience.

The song started with an acoustic guitar and as it progresses electronic guitars, drums and other synth elements were introduced. What made me love the song most is that airy backings and chorus that were implemented.

The drumming in “Flying” stand out; the breaks and  punches made the song more energetic. Furthermore, smartly placed chord progressions, riffs and melodies, with piano on the top, makes the track sonically rich and powerful.

In conclusion, “Flying” is a mesmerizing and moving song based on true events that deal with the treatment of mental illness as a real issue. Isaac Neilson’s genius style of grunge which combines sonic texture and emotionally tense storytelling creates a instant classic.

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Written by
Barbie Edonia


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