By Asaf Peres
The prechorus in Panic! at the Disco's "High Hopes" sounds super dreamy, in large part thanks to the second chord of the progression. This chord functions and resolves like a majorized III (or V/vi) but one altered note turns it into an augmented chord, which is frequently used in film music to symbolize a dream state due to its internal symmetry and blurred tonal tendencies.
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