Giving truth to Memphis youth
by Sydney Prather (White Station High School)
The 2014 summer music scene has presented us with a wide variety of sounds. The usual pop and dance tracks shared the spotlight with reggae and rap tracks; however, an unusual genre has emerged out of the United Kingdom and surfaced in the United States. Clean Bandit’s debut album contains a strange, yet oddly satisfying mix of classical music elements and techno beats.
If you enjoy the sounds of instruments like the violin and cello, but often find listening to a twelve-minute composition without lyrics tedious, then this is the album for you! The group finds ways to integrate dainty classical components of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 21 with forceful beats reminiscent of an old Gameboy sound. Each song keeps you on your toes, as you never know what you can expect from the next note.
One of the top tracks on the album is “Rather Be”, sung by guest artist Jess Glynne. The track contains a perfect mixture of each style of music as well as lyrics with a beautiful message, and the track has topped the charts in many countries. Other top tracks include “Telephone Bank” and “A+E.”
The only aspect which this album lacks in is the continuity between tracks. It seems like the band is attempting to mimic the style of artists such as Daft Punk or David Guetta, by having guest vocalists on each track. Unlike these groups though, a wide variety of singing styles results in the album sounding a little rushed and incohesive. Each song could work better on its own instead of being part of an album.
The strong mix of classic and dance music is different to other artists and despite the fact that the album has varying styles throughout; it is certainly one of the best albums of 2014. The year is coated in new styles and changing ideas. Bringing back classical music in a new and exciting way is the perfect way to top off the trend.