Following on from Love Song To A Song, The One Who Didn’t adopts a folk-medieval melody and story line, backed initially by only the rhythmic strum of an acoustic guitar, for an entirely different kind of sound and style from songwriter Alex.
Immediately familiar in vocal identity, there’s character across releases, but the story, origins and overall mood vary immensely. Here we get a rising sense of atmospheric darkness – increasing layers of strings and rhythms that further the medieval or theatrical backbone of the marching soundscape.
The music aptly reinforces each new section of the story, and it’s a story that cleverly captivates – a familiar melodic shuffle through unfamiliar, intriguing details and scenes.
Always we resolve back to this chorus, another songwriting strength well executed in every case, and ultimately the tune is left lingering even; when the music comes to an end.
Inspired by Beethoven’s 5th symphony and utilising contrast just as well, The One Who Didn’t repeatedly turns towards the juxtaposition between acoustic purity and the full-throttle, orchestral and cinematic weight of the chorus. It’s a stage-ready performance that urges you to return and get wrapped up in this descending tuneful take once again.