By Jonathan Bradwell.
Over the past year the word Avicii has pinned back the ears of clubbing devotees all around the globe. Whether it is for the artist’s unrefuted ascendency through the ranks of the house scene over the last twelve months, or the famous one million dollar donation to ‘Feeding America’, the twenty two year old DJ Tim Bergling (Avicii) is something considerably different.
Sticking to the poignant formula and sound seemingly influenced by dance juggernauts The Prodigy, this individual has conceived a way to connect this approach with the mainstream, David Guetta style, pop-dance production method in his latest single ‘Silhouettes’.
From the inaugural fluttering of synthetically designed keys pirouetting the song into motion, the feeling of summer can’t help but burst into your head. Although this is all nice and sentimental, you can’t help but notice something obtrusively different other than the overtly lighter sound between ‘Silhouettes’ and the last Avicii hit ‘Levels’; yes, the vocals! In enthusing those tastefully crafted vocal sequences into the maddening bass line, ‘Avicii’ has defined a generation of those that live for the weekend, to sing along to dance anthems, and forget the taxman, ‘nine until fives’ and bills for just a night.
Although innumerable modern dance anthems dependency on an unshakable sound to stay at the top of the charts can lead to monotony after a few listens, Avicii’s divergence of electronic sounds makes this undeniably addictive. The rising fuzz perforating your ears, the punchy keyboard lead: It all gets those hips loosened.
Avicii has seemingly migrated away from the retro semblance of notorious hit ‘Street Dancer’ into a supple, mature and more heterogeneous style. There literally is so much happening that to analyse it in delicate detail would take weeks to accomplish. The one listen you may give it is not sufficient to fully deduce the work gone into this piece.
Available on the single release package alongside the radio edit is a full length version. If there is anything to be learned from listening to the original full piece is that the requirements of radio broadcasts for such abbreviated versions has somewhat tainted what is most captivating about ‘Silhouettes’ architecture; the patient and progressive build-up of the varying segments.
The song is cultivated and detailed throughout the entire seven minutes. However, this duration is not enough to conciliate our needs. It leaves us craving more, making it plausible ‘Silhouettes’ will be commemorated as one of ‘Avicii’s finest moments.
Ironically within the song lay the lyrics “it’s all about the new-found”. Avicii could not be more right. Whilst attaining mainstream success the producer persistently finds untrodden ways to whirl his sound down different avenues, keeping his name fresh and at the top of the game. ‘Silhouettes’ is a terrific anthem to prepare you for the festival season.
The only challenge affronting the young songwriter is whether he can continue to keep his sound crisp using the constant development seen between outputs. The future seems very bright. For now, enjoy it, and dance.
(Picture courtesy of ‘Beat My Day’).
‘Avicii’ performing ‘Silhouettes’ live: