Modal Subversions - Exceptional Harmonic Language in Popular Music.
"Black Hole Sun" – a tune that is a prominent example of modal subversion:
As opposed to common harmonic practices in popular music (e.g. I-IV-V or II-V-I-progressions) groups like Soundgarden, Nirvana or the Beatles also use 'modal subversions' in their compositions. This specific way of combing chord-textures (simple chordal sonorities, triadic structures and clusters) and chord progression (third cross-relations, e.g. bar 1 in ‘Black Hole Sun” G∆ - Bb∆) blurs the lines between established tonal centers:
A tonality established by a 5th sonority and a major triad in the melody might be contradicted by the next chord's tonic or melody note. There are several combinations of this technique on small and large scale level fostering an ambiguous sound.