When ‘Skeleton Town Version 1’ first came to our offices we really had no idea what to expect. Accompanied by very little information other than that the music was by Florian and it was produced by Bruce Van Louen Recordz. Uploaded to YouTube from an account by the name of Devin Liam, the song is a two-minute rollercoaster that has been built as a concept theme song for an “upcoming skeleton theme entertainment venue”, which we gather from the video is set to be an amusement park.
Self-proclaimed as being “a rough music video for one of the catchiest best songs of 2019”, we were informed that special consideration was “paid to the structure of the skeleton and a chance at redemption after being condemned by god”. Confused? So are we.
At just over two-minutes in length, ‘Skeleton Town Version 1’ rises from the ether as a mess of melodic tones and overwhelming autotune. Surprisingly, the music is subtle and filled with an unwavering sense of melody, creating an emotive cascade of guitar and percussion that linger just long enough to make their mark, but then quickly dissipate to leave a sense of subtle, but lasting melancholy.
Lyrically, the song cuts between clichés such as “we might not have flesh on our bones, but we have feelings” and a confusing narrative of skeletons being banished and wanting to show their enemies no mercy. It’s an intriguing idea, but one that ends up feeling under-developed, and even after repeated listens you end with more questions and the hope that maybe the amusement park will hold all the answers.
As a theme song, I’m not entirely convinced as to how well it will fit, but not being privy to the full artistic vision it’s not something to dwell on, nor is the admittedly rough-cut video. The main issue is the overuse of autotune that sweeps in and steal the focus, pushing the music aside with a rough hand and obscuring the lyrics, almost forcing your ears to strain to hear the words on some occasions. It’s a savage blow to an otherwise strong song.