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Prickly: Makiko Aizen’s “Untitled 7”

Producer Makiko Aizen’s “Untitled 7” pricks away at the listener, but knows that you need to mix in some soft beauty to make it worth it. The main sound coming through in this just-under-three-minute-long song is a sharp synthesizer line raising in intensity over the course of “Untitled 7.” It isn’t harsh or anything, but it certainly hits the ears pretty hard, especially in latter parts of the song. But lurking underneath is a far more faded and ultimately beautiful melody. The tension between the two makes this one a winner. Listen above.