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Privilege is The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens‘ first release after their self-titled debut EP. The song sees the Darkwave duo stray away from the more classical inspired sound that was prevalent on previous work and begin to incorporate more synthetic elements to their music. It also starts a deviation from the concept of Charles Dickens brother and instead focuses on other themes. 

Buried in amongst a balance of theatrical, tender baritone and music that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Stranger Things soundtrack, is a satirical discussion of social mobility. This may sound heavy to some, but the prominent use of synths, poppier tempo and jovial words like ‘smidgen’ soften the impact and make the song a much more palatable affair. 

There’s a lot to enjoy here and none of the drama of previous work is lost. From the big chords of the opening bars to the operatic chanting that finishes the track, this is a unique musical journey filled with both style and substance.

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