phe phe - fallin
Minimalism can operate in different ways and “fallin” pits two them next to each other. It begins with an automated phone operator spells off a list of options, never changing its tone or speed no matter how the caller responds just to confirm that you’re poor. The rest of the song shares the minimal tone but replaces the the compassionless pre-recorded voice with a liberating sounds.
The chord progression remain short and steady, the sub lurches and retreats, and the vocal sample flutters instead of repeating constantly. Reversed sounds create smooth transitions into each of the three parts of the song. As beeps echo in the background it’s easy to imagine being in a hospital, a airport, or any place space meant to accommodate a lot of people more concerned about where they’re going than where they are at the moment.