Please bear with me as my music theory knowledge is scrappy!
After listening and watching live performances of this song by Maltese band "The Travellers", I've deduced that the piano and guitar play the following chord progression:
Piano : Bb - C - G
Guitar: Bb - C - Gmin7
The key seems to be G major as G major seems to be the resolution of the progression. This would make the
Bb a borrowed chord from the parallel minor, the
What I can't wrap my head around is that the guitar seems to be playing
Gmin7 instead of
G. This can also be confirmed in this live version.
Is it possible that no dissonance is heard because the minor third is not pronounced as much? On the other hand, the notes of
G and a
Gmin7 would form a
G7#9, also known as the Hendrix Chord. The Hendrix Chord seems to work because of the presence of 3 root notes and the fact that the minor and major thirds are not on the same octave. Could these two chords being played by different sounding instruments evoke that feeling? The horns section seems to be quite bluesy which would fit this description.
It genuinely feels silly to over-analyse a catchy pop song, however in writing the chords for an acoustic guitar version of this song I am at a loss as to whether to end it in
Gmin7. Would love to hear your thoughts!