Song Analysis: Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound

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Swedish House Mafia have had an immense impact on electronic dance music over the past 5 or so years, and have released some true works of art, one of them being “Greyhound.”

Initial Thoughts

I’m a sucker for a great dance track. No vocals, no bullshit, just straight to the point. Greyhound does this.

The structure is perfect. The signature SHM sound can be heard well. Not too complex, yet interesting enough to keep the listener on their toes.

Greyhound has a driving type of feel. It powers along like a train. The energy in this track is HUGE.

Key Elements

Energy: One thing that really stood out in this track was the use of energy. SHM manage to take an already huge sounding track to another level. This can be heard in the difference between the A & B section (see song map). The extra pluck on top and extra percussion just take it up that extra notch.

Groove: When I listen to Greyhound, I get this sense of “bounce”, as if it’s bouncing up and down. The relationship between the kick, bass, and synths provide an unforgettable groove.

Melody: The track has two main melodic lines. The pluck/lead that can be heard throughout most of the song, and the chord progression in the breakdown. Both are extremely catchy, in fact I’m whistling the main chord progression as I’m writing.

Song Map

Song MapThis arrangement is a good one to study. Go at it!

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