“Emotional Wreck” started off as an orchestral synthpop track in the vein of earlier Space March tracks such as “Eye for an Eye” or “Mountain King”. I knew the hook had something very compelling about it and wanted to include it on the album, but I struggled for a long time trying to make it fit. It wasn’t until I started to work in some Synthwave stylings into the song such as the high-energy Korg Polysix bassline that it felt like it had a direction that would work with the album.
The song originally had a second chorus with a Duran Duran style key change, but it was sounding like there were too many parts to the song and hence lacking coherence. So I scrapped this second chorus, simplified and strengthened the song structure.
“Emotional Wreck” features a lot of stylised vocal processing. In effect, I’m treating the vocals like another synth part. I do like the energetic Synthwave introduction to the song and the unnerving, discordant tones, which build tension.