Listening to “When A Man Loves Another” feels like floating on an aural tide, rising and falling with the waves. Put on headphones, crank up the volume and feel the Roland piano lines pull you by the gut through almost 4 minutes of weightless atmosphere. I’ve heard a lot of music that gets lumped into the dream-pop category and very few leave you with same sense of exhilaration. It’s expansive, well-crafted, and well-produced.
Based vaguely on the 1966 classic “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge, and Recorded at Sea Studios, this track features the ROLAND Plus 400 Electronic Piano, which came out during 1984 and is very hard to find today. The piano has rich and warm tones which is evident on “When A Man Loves Another.”
‘Til You Drop features the talents of Alan Medlock, who somehow manages to drop a crystalline sonic veil, over a fuzzy world, making its outlines soft, warm and inviting. Calming, but moving, the music is beautiful and simple. It plays as a perfect backdrop to the lyrics, which more than anything else, is the focal point of “When A Man Loves Another.” The song is in support of gay people and the message is eloquently clear within its lyrics:
“When a man loves another, He doesn’t know whether to just hide away, Or open up to a joyful life.
If he is scared we won’t see his light, There’s just so much darkness in the world, Do we know what it means to be human beings?
When a man loves another, Mother, father might fail to understand, That there’s no time on the other side.
If the Lord were ever, He wouldn’t notice or even care, Trust reality, believe in humanity.”
Recorded and produced by Alan Medlock, the song gently burrows its way into your head and you will find yourself still “listening” to it long after the player is turned off. If you like music that has the capability to alter your mood and thought-flow instantly, this is for you.
The song is beautiful no matter how you look at it. Take a breather from standard pop song structures and venture into the dreamy aural universe ‘Til You Drop creates, but even more importantly, ponder and reflect on the reality the lyrics of “When A Man Loves Another” depicts.
The single is available for pre-order on iTunes now, while the official release date is set for March 31, 2015