Published on May 30th, 2012 | by Alessandra Calderin0
Zedd feat. Matthew Koma – Spectrum (Original MIx)
I’m tempted to compare “Spectrum” to “Lick It” for the flawless way it combines trance synths with crunchy bass glitches which is quite the compliment as I consider “Lick It” a near perfect song. Let’s dissect it, shall we?
“Spectrum” opens with a trance like intro with only smatterings of the sounds associated with his particular brand of complextro. Then a slow and graceful transition to Matthew Koma’s dreamy vocals that transfer the listener into a lover’s ascent into the clouds. A bombarding of synths, that speed up sounding more like a trance track than Zedd. ”Spectrum” strips the harshness that runs rampant through “Slam the Door” and “Shotgun,” instead opting for a subtle intensity.
But then we hit the halfway marker.
Verse two is accompanied by a faster more intense rise that delivers double the payoff. The bass snarls underneath a constant thud of hopeful synths, allowing a steady build until an explosion of glitchy convulsions takes over and makes your Zeggies tingle with excitement. The snarl turns into a growl and takes over for a back and forth flirtation between the two styles.
With his extensive musical training, it’s no surprise that Zedd keeps churning out singles with an array of stylistic diversity. His latest release oozes of the satisfaction of a tight structure with a solid build and drop. Still, any structure leaves room for delectable variations that are unique to the young German who is quickly becoming one of EDM’s premier auteurs.
Look out for “Spectrum” on its official release date, June 4th.
Article by: Alessandra Calderin
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Alessandra Calderin Notorious for her legendary dance offs, Alessandra lives in New York City where she writes for EDMInsider and galavants about. She prefers her EDM outdoors or in sketchy Brooklyn warehouses but will occasionally "hit da club" if you really want her to. She tweets about music, film, yoga and weird thoughts. She doesn't update her tumblr nearly as often as she should. Her spirit animal is Harley Quinn.