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Ghost in the Machine - Supernatural (song review) |self-released, single, 2019|

Listeners can recognize GITM as a guitar driven industrial rock band known for their Broken From Binary album (2015). They're a duo based in Florida of Face (bass, programming, vocals) and C4 (vocals, guitar, programming).

There's a proverb which often proves right - 'if you want different results, you have to try different approaches'. This time, GITM comes with a slow-tempo chillout single. It starts with a female vocal (by Caela, she also appears as a background singer in the chorus), soon replaced by C4's masculine voice. As the song progresses, C4 often begins a verse and Caela finishes it with her higher tones, creating an interesting contrast through the combination. This vocal interplay is very entertaining, because the two literally play with each other, by starting and completing verses. When the chorus starts, C4 proves that he can pull off higher notes as well.
'Supernatural' flows peacefully from beginning to end. It's full of clicking, buzzing, drumming, and otherwise percussive sounds leaving no empty spots; despite that, it's not dynamic. The vocals don't interfere with the instruments, but are skillfully laid on a layer above. A focused ear will also catch guitar chords.

Lyrically, there's an openly sensual meaning to the song not only focusing on a woman's goddess-like body - her fingers, dark curly hair, eyes, and lips but also a metaphysical connection a man feels with her soul since she's 'mystical, magical, supernatural (...) the force that science cannot understand'. He's 'bewitched' by her beauty 'so dynamic, so exotic' that he awaits to 'seal the deal and make it for real' during a proposal.

The songs needs a few plays to be remembered entirely, because its arrangements are melodious and repetitive (but not too notoriously). This is great news for the listener's brain, as it gets quickly bored with frequently recurring patterns. The chorus, once memorized, becomes solidly wedged in the mind which shows that 'Supernatural' has the potential to become a radio or heavy rotation playlist hit. It could also illustrate a significant movie scene, not limited to romance as the usefulness of the melody stretches beyond that genre.

(Reviewer: Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Industrial Rock & Metal Encyclopedia, January 16th, 2020. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)

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