Given the number of options people have for listening to music, standing out in the pop music genre is harder than ever. However the electronic pop duo helmed by Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart known as The Chainsmokers hit the ground running since their debut album Bouquet and Collage in 2015. Though they’re coming off a nine month music dry spell, their longest their formation, their most recent single “Sick Boy” has recaptured back in the limelight.
This new single is a bit of a divergence from their typical dance-centric electro-pop music, and carries with it a critique of our social media obsessed culture. “How many likes is my life worth?” and “Feed yourself with my life’s work” serve as the bridge to the song’s hook, and its a wonder whether the song is asking those questions rhetorically or acting as a critique of the general populous.
Their latest single You Owe Me is more reminiscent of their previous hits, with slightly harmonized spoken word over the relatively simple background melody. While having been released only a month ago, the song already has over 29 million listens and is well on its way to cementing itself in the top pop charts of 2018.
They may have absorbed some of the heavy piano-driven pop style of Coldplay during their recent tour together, and overall it seems to bring a fuller and more complete sound to their repertoire.
I can’t wait for their next single to drop followed by their new full length LP later this year. Currently they’re about to kick-off a major Asian tour before coming back and settling into Las Vegas for the majority of the summer. They’ll be alternating weekend nights between XS and Encore nearly every single weekend between now and August 10th.