The Chainsmokers and their Dark Album

After releasing their breakthrough track “#Selfie” on January 29, 2014, the American EDM-pop DJ duo The Chainsmokers has certainly come a long way. Since the release of that track they have done quite a few collaborations with some pretty famous artists such as the band Coldplay and the American singer-songwriter Halsey. Formed in 2012, the EDM-pop duo consists of Alex Pall and lead singer Andrew Taggert. With such collaborations coupled with increasing fame and popularity, it’s no wonder they won a Grammy in 2017 for Best Dance Recording.

Fast forward to today and they are still at it. With the release of their new single “Sick Boy” it seems as though the duo has a bit more of a darker outlook on things. The track itself focuses on how we put so much time and stock into social media that it is almost as if we don’t know how to be ourselves anymore without people watching our lives online. With lyrics like “Feed yourself with my life’s work, how many likes is my life worth” It is pretty plain to see what they are talking about in their newest song. The song itself is comprised of driving drum beats and melodic piano play with the added voice of lead singer Andrew Taggert. The music video is also pretty attention grabbing, set in a dark space it is lit with a few bright spotlights and some awesome pyrotechnics while also having some slightly trippy paint over effects, all of which add a somewhat darkness to the song. Andrew Taggert said that the feelings that inspired the song were “frustration” and “A little bit of anger.” And it definitely shows n the final product and what it says about social media and the hold and sway it has on our young people and quite frankly everyone today. There is much anticipation about how the rest of the album is going to sound when you hear their newest single, hopefully it will follow along similar lines.i

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