Written by Michael Getzler
What do you do with a song that repels you right from the start? We are accustomed to instant gratification, pressing a button and immediately hearing whatever tune we desire. These tunes are often 3-minute songs, catchy from the start, with the chorus coming early and frequently - again, instant gratification.
“Greg Maddux Change Up” by NYC-based DJ The Range forces the listener to be patient. The first 25 seconds sound like a machine slowly whirring to life, mechanical, slow and abrasive. Even when the song develops a recognizable a song form, it’s fractured. The first words the listener hears come from a gruff, near-indecipherable voice, saying something about saints and a vegetable garden (at least as far as I could tell), while mechanical noises continue in the background.
The song does not arrive at its ultimate form until the 3:00 mark (at the point when many tracks are wrapping up), and, suddenly, it all comes together. It is magnificence on a galactic scale. The keyboard and a new voice, higher in pitch and funkier and feel, infuse the track with color and danceability. It has an otherworldly feel, and the title only adds to it. What is more removed than naming a track after a single pitch by a baseball player who hasn’t played in over five years? It is match for the music, however; a more mundane title would seem drab.
The Range has a host of more popular tracks, both more gratifying and more fun, but “Greg Maddux Change Up” is one of the few that will transport you to a new place, a place where things exist in a calm but twisted rapport.
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