When the two-time Grammy nominated 23-year-old, Swedish Avicii unveiled a full folk band to perfor bluegrass-tinted cut "Wake Me Up” featuring Aloe Blacc at a massive Miami gig, the song was met with skepticism. But as the single raced up international pop charts and set the tone for his earnest and idealistic second album, TRUE, Avicii was vindicated.
To Simply call him a DJ, a producer, or a remixer would be a misnomer: he is actually a pop composer, commonding huge, unabashedly uplfinting melodies set to mainstream dance tracks, with a nary sample or interpolation in sight. Adam Lambert and Nile Rodergs give "Lay Me Down” a silnky ’70s vibe, destined for two-stepping platform dancing shoes around the world. Meanwhile, cameos from unexpected vocalists like Oklahoma’s Audra Mae ("Addicted to You”) and the revered bluegrass artist Dan Tyminski ("Hey Brother”) suceed in Avicii’s ambitious vision: making a viable folk-flavored EDM album.
The album was released on PRMD records, a newly established and influential dance label from Scandinavia that represents new and emerging talent from the region and beyond.
After months of anticipation, we are now able to dive into what is without a doubt one of the most anticipated album releases of the year. Released on Ultra Music, Kaskade‘s Atmosphere is his eighth studio album, and may come as a surprise to some listeners who aren’t familiar with the veteran’s early beginnings. Those who just know him as the big room guru may be left waiting for a drop, but for those of us who have been jamming along since‘It’s You, It’s Me’ will rejoice, as several tunes on the record dive into what Kaskade did best: his own personal take on deep, soulful house.
"I think it has a little bit of everything; it’s very diverse… If I was to squash Fire & Ice into a single rather than a double album, it might have sounded like this.” The album is arguably his his most honest, emotional and, ultimately, personal album to date. Each track is an honest and personal construction and it clearly reflects in the music; emotion after emotion, Atmosphere has the power to bring tears, smiles and goosebumps through every style, to every fan. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the don, though, with 8 albums, countless shows and an infinite number of unforgettable moments spanning more than ten years. I’m not going to run through a track-by-track review of the record; I’ll let the music speak for itself.
Out now on iTunes.