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Sounds to me like it's a minor major 7 chord, but voiced in a way where the major 7 and the tonic are right next to each other.
Assuming it's in Bb minor, I don't have a pitch reference handy, that would be Bb, Db, (F may be omitted, hard to tell on my sound system), A, Bb.
I might listen again later through headphones.

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Full answer: The chord (as part of the entire song struture) is a VI maj, so in the key of the song (C# minor) that would be A major.

As other have said, there is some half step dissonance, although the dissonance isn't a half step above or below the root of the chord, but rather it's below the third of the chord.

The actual pitches she sings are A, B# (C), and C#. The A is the root of the A major, whereas the C# is the third. The B# (C) is just an added dissonance; if you wanna put a name to it, technically the voicing she's singing creates an Amaj (#9) or Amaj (+b3) chord, but those are super ugly words. Contrary to what someone suspected above, it's not actually a minor major chord, but it does sound like minor major because of the B#, which is the major 7th relative to C#.

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On 1/20/2019 at 5:59 PM, Hanging Waters said:

Full answer: The chord (as part of the entire song struture) is a VI maj, so in the key of the song (C# minor) that would be A major.

As other have said, there is some half step dissonance, although the dissonance isn't a half step above or below the root of the chord, but rather it's below the third of the chord.

The actual pitches she sings are A, B# (C), and C#. The A is the root of the A major, whereas the C# is the third. The B# (C) is just an added dissonance; if you wanna put a name to it, technically the voicing she's singing creates an Amaj (#9) or Amaj (+b3) chord, but those are super ugly words. Contrary to what someone suspected above, it's not actually a minor major chord, but it does sound like minor major because of the B#, which is the major 7th relative to C#.

 

Dang. I appreciate it! I was trying to figure this out for a while with no luck (still learning), but I can totally see what you mean.

 

Any chance there was a Quarter-Tone thrown in there?

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