Earworms. That’s what super catchy songs are sometimes referred to, because they burrow deep in your psyche and don’t let go. They become the soundtrack to whatever you’re doing — eating, shopping, working — and basically take over any spare brain space. Daft Punk’s new single “Get Lucky” is one of those earwormy tracks — an endlessly repeating riff featuring vocals from uber-charming Pharrell. The full length album, Random Access Memories, won’t be out in the states until May 21, but writer Alex Bailey deftly explains just what makes “Get Lucky” so compelling.
For one, he says, the chords of the song are on a never-ending loop. There’s no chord progression or change, just an endless riff of Bm, D, F#m and E. The song doesn’t shift gears at any point — Pharrell’s vocals provide the only melodic change up and his voice is about at the same pitch as the “Get Lucky” guitar riff, so it doesn’t dilute the underlying pattern of the song. Plus, the lyrics of the song directly correlate to the movement of the music. Lyrics about “endings,” “beginnings” and “spinning” reflect the song’s repetitive motion — and they also have a pleasant consonance, which sort of lulls the brain into submission. This pretty much guarantees that you’ll have the “Get Lucky” guitar riff stuck in your head for the next few hours.
And incidentally, “Get Lucky” isn’t much different than one of DP’s past hits, “Around the World.” Check out the mashup track for proof. [Alex Bailey]