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...the following is what happens when you put seven guys who really know how to harmonise on the Paris Metro.

Meet Naturally 7, and their rendition of Phil Collins' In The Air Tonight.



This is one of the tightest acapella groups I have ever heard (yes, perhaps Pentatonix have that sewn up, but these guys run them very close). The harmonies are amazing, and the arrangements are innovative - they are pretty much flawless.

It is unfortunate that this particular video, which is the best live performance, is only on Youtube at such low resolution, because it doesn't allow you to appreciate some of the finer points of the harmony, but it's enough to show you the quality of the arrangement. It plays to the strengths of each of the performers - the melody rings out over the top of a number of lower sections of the mix, sometimes counterpoint, sometimes harmony, and some of the very best human beatboxing you'll find (well, the best you'll find as part of a group). It's an almost complete reimagining of the original track, while still keeping enough of it that it is instantly recognisable, and draws your attention inwards to appreciate every part of it.

My favourite part of the entire thing is the outro, where they are picking out single notes that together form a tune, but for which are so hard to get the intonation right. It's very easy to come out flat or sharp when you're making a single, percussive note with your voice, and these guys get every single one right. It's pure class, and only the most rabidly conservative of the other passengers are not moved to interact in some way with the performance. It's just that kind of music - so accessible, so well put together, that you can't help but appreciate it.

Oh Lord...
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