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Fresh Beats: The Wombats

Fresh Beats: The Wombats

Fresh Beats: The Wombats
February 20
00:25 2014

Nicholas Friedman // Staff Writer

Zedd – “Find You (ft. Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant)” 

After a year of number one singles, countless producer credits and a Grammy award, Russian-German electronic musician Zedd (Anton Zaslavski) released “Find You,” a simple, soothing track. The song is backed with vocals by previous “Spectrum” collaborator Matthew Koma and Swedish songwriter Miriam Bryant, both of which contribute to Zedd’s signature style.

Zedd brings his prophetic piano playing and unparalleled knowledge of suspense to the song, leading the listener in by calming them with double-tracked vocals and keys. He then throws the audience into a whirlwind once the song picks up. By intertwining ambient noise with the featured vocals, Zedd once again is able to capture attention with sounds that are constantly changing and transforming. Much like his first studio album “Clarity,” “Find You” is able to fall in line and prove what the award-winning Zedd does best, make music that is blissful to listen to.

+ Award-wining production

+ Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant’s vocals

+ Use of suspense

-Can sound a bit confusing at times

Listen if you like: Skrillex, deadmau5, Calvin Harris

The Wombats – “Your Body is a Weapon”

English indie rock band The Wombats once again brings its melodic and bouncing style to its new single, “Your Body is a Weapon.” Though contrasting in tone with the last album, “This Modern Glitch,” its new song  recaptures the youthfulness and joy of much earlier material. It also displays lead vocalist Matthew Murphy’s oddly found joy in singing about past relationships, emotional troubles and future prospects.

The song does feel a bit held back by the simple instrumentation employed by the rest of the band, particularly the drums as they keep a simple beat throughout. This is easily forgettable considering the true talent of the band lies in choral harmonies and intricate synthesizer work, some of which can be seen toward the tail end of the song. Hopefully The Wombats can infuse this passion into the rest of its third studio album when it releases later this year.

+ Lead vocalist continues to impress

+ Youthful sound

+ Choral harmony and synth

-Not enough variation with rest of the band

Listen if you like: The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer

Bombay Bicycle Club – “Carry Me” 

With its new album reaching number one on the UK charts, it’s not hard to see the time and dedication Bombay Bicycle Club have put into its latest album “So Long, See You Tomorrow.” The lead single from the album “Carry Me” consists of numerous layers. The song is part The Strokes, with inspired low-speak electronica, and part Arcade Fire, because of its intricacy.

“Carry Me” could do a lot to show the industry that songs don’t need a defined theme or genre to create mass appeal, as this song wouldn’t seem out of place at a bustling a nightclub or a calm and serene picnic in the park. This track does a wonderful job at sampling, dispersing sounds throughout rather than solely depending on them like other pop songs of today. Bombay Bicycle Club has crafted something truly wonderful and inspiring here. This song, as well as the new album, is definitely worth a listen.

+ Excellent use of sampling

+ Solid execution of intricacy

+ Just wonderful to listen to

– The sudden genre changes may turn off some listeners

Listen if you like: Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Coconut Records

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Nicholas Friedman

Nicholas Friedman

Nicholas Friedman is the Editor In Chief of the North Texas Daily. In addition, he's had his work published at The Dallas Morning News, GuideLive and the Denton Record-Chronicle.

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