Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio we’ve been listening to Dialogic’s latest single, Fall From On High, the fourth release from Dialogic, aka singer-songwriter Tom Sykes.
We previously reviewed Dialogic’s debut single, Safe On Your Way, and were thrilled to have him back in our ears again today. Safe On Your Way is a wonderfully 80s leaning track about stepping out of your comfort zone.
Fall From On High continues the New Wave 80s theme. Sykes describes the inspiration for this song; “For many years I’ve been aware of my recurring dreams of falling. I know I’m not alone in this. Sometimes our dream world can be terrifying, but I believe that the mysterious messages contained in our dreams are ultimately positive. As we sleep and visit other worlds, we experience what we need to experience. Falling from a high place seems to be a recurring, hopefully, merciful experience that comes my way, again and again, just as needed.”
When the song starts, the guitars have a real Tears For Fears feel to them. There is some lovely stereo delay in the guitars.
Sykes voice reminds us of The Scorpions or The Vanden Plas. There are times that the emotional builds within the track reminded us a little of Bon Jovi as well. His voice sits well in the mix and is bright, clear and present throughout. Each lyric is heard clearly.
Fall From On High is a positively euphoric track which has exciting development and a superb dynamic soundscape. The rise and fall within the track is expertly put together to ensure the listener is totally engaged at all times. The builds within this song create tension, each time building to an explosive chorus. We particularly liked the four-on-the-floor section that built back into another chorus.
The chorus is extremely catchy and we love the additional layered and harmony vocals that come in to fill the sound. The use of a 16-beat tambourine during the choruses also helps to draw attention to this section and for those wanting to sing along, Dialogic makes it easy for the listener to get their cues.
A spoken word breakdown section ends the song with some heavily affected stereo delay on the voice. A nice touch.
Ideas from our ears
An EQ boost in the high-mids and highs centred around 10kHz would increase the brightness and presence in the track, bringing out the higher frequency elements of the drum and synth tracks as well. A light compressor/limiter with maybe ~3dB of make-up gain would increase the warmth as well as raise the volume to match similar releases. As always these are just some ideas from our ears
Dialogic has impressed us with everything we’ve heard so far. This relatively new-to-the-scene artist is forging his own path and is very clearly a true artist. We strongly urge you to add this superb 80s-tinged rock to your playlist.