Toppa Top 10: Ten Classic Songs with a Melodica

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June 20, 2014

8. New Order – “Your Silent Face”
Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order

New Order’s classic Power, Corruption and Lies LP is best known for the widely played single “Age of Consent.” But “Your Silent Face” follows not too far behind in popularity among new-wave enthusiasts, with its breezy tale of heartbreak carried by the instantly recognizable melodica melody that appears sporadically throughout the song. While it might not be immediately apparent, the flourishes of melodica utilized on “My Silent Face” are similar in how Pablo used the instrument on many of his dubs, where the melodica didn’t necessarily carry the track but rather added a defining element to the groove. New Order also used the melodica on other tracks such as “Truth” and “Hurt” as well as on “Decades” with Joy Division, the previous incarnation of the group.—Saxon Baird