Alex Genadinik taps into the zeitgeist on the tender tones of “Magic Dandelion – Song Of Empathy Against Gun Violence And Mass Shootings”. Lyrics here are front and center while they pine for a better tomorrow, one where these awful events no longer occur. His voice takes the lead and works perfectly alongside the overall power of the piece. Such gracious emphasis, the many layers intermingle to create a rich tapestry of colors that positively pop. Perhaps the only quibble would be in how the bluesy organ swells shift into piano work, but this is a minor misstep in the otherwise pristine crystal clarity of the track.
Melodically vibrant, his usage of the guitar adds to the intimacy of the work. Playing with care, his guitar has a quiet power to it. Similar to the hushed awe of the Palace Brothers and Mountain Goats, Alex makes sure that the guitar becomes yet another singer in the equation. The way the guitar matches the strength of his vocals feels deft, and neatly dovetails into the whole of the swirling, serene mix. Even with the subject matter, Alex finds a compassionate stance to take, for his voice radiates with a honeyed presence. Even the arrangement’s light touch brings to mind some of the Fleet Foxes’ pastoral, chamber folk compositions.
The song opens with Alex’s vocals setting the scene for the rest of the work. Lyrics have a narrative sensibility to them. Hope and optimism settle into the fray further adding to the delicate approach of the piece, with the sound evolving slowly but surely. Melodies linger on, bouncing off each other in a way that feels so unique and full of surprise. A dream logic takes shape, one that resides deep in the heart, as a way of conveying a togetherness that feels fervent and believed fully. His verses are chosen with care for maximum impact. Sweeping along, the piano glistens with its own impressionistic hues, giving nods to some of Debussy’s more spacious works. Evolving, the song grows and builds up its energy for it reaches a virtual wave of energy for the final stretch, one that seems to take all that came before it and pours itself into a great crest before receding off into the distance.
“Magic Dandelion – Song Of Empathy Against Gun Violence And Mass Shootings” shows off the deft skill of Alex Genadinik in crafting a beautiful, caring communal spirit.