Archive for the ‘ Progressive House ’ Category

Pressure (Alesso Remix) – Nadia Ali, Starkillers, & Alex Kenji

pressure-alesso
 

Lyrics:

Come around, feel the sound
Oh you make my heart pound
Fill me up, bring me down
When I hear your sound
[x2]

Down, down, down…

I’ve got pressure, I’m in deep
Seems everybody wants something from me
I was a lover, but now a thief
I’ll take your breath away and set you free

So much pressure
So much heat
So much hustle
They want me
[x2]

Come around, feel the sound
Oh you make my heart pound
Fill me up, bring me down
When I hear your sound
[x4]

Description:

Alesso is one of my favorite artists who happens to have been consistent in his style.  A significant contributor to progressive house, Alesso made more of a name for himself through his remix of “If I Lose Myself” by OneRepublic.  Nevertheless, “Pressure” has the mild complexity that his remix of “If I Lose Myself” has.  There is something to the main melody that I appreciate, but it is subtle.  This song is 4/4 — that is, there are four quarter notes per measure.  He takes the first three quarter notes, treats it like 3/3, and uses four equally distributed beats over three quarter notes.  Then, the last quarter note has four sixteenth notes.  The overall sound sounds deceptively simple to the ear, yet the work is subtle, not to mention creative.  I would have to speculate that he has a good understanding of music fundamentals (much like Zedd) to be able to toy with rhythm, bridges, phrasing, and so forth so easily.  Great song.

A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay

Lyrics:

Cause you’re a sky, ’cause you’re a sky full of stars
I’m gonna give you my heart
‘Cause you’re a sky, ’cause you’re a sky full of stars
‘Cause you light up the path

I don’t care, go on and tear me apart
I don’t care if you do, ooh
‘Cause in a sky, ’cause in a sky full of stars
I think I saw you

‘Cause you’re a sky, ’cause you’re a sky full of stars
I wanna die in your arms
‘Cause you get lighter the more it gets dark
I’m gonna give you my heart

I don’t care, go on and tear me apart
I don’t care if you do, ooh
‘Cause in a sky, ’cause in a sky full of stars
I think I see you
I think I see you

‘Cause you’re a sky, you’re a sky full of stars
Such a heavenly view
You’re such a heavenly view

Description:

Coldplay has always had a place in my heart since I was younger.  It’s interesting, in fact, how they have come to cater their music to what the people want over time.  If one looks at “Clocks” to “Viva La Vida” to “Paradise” and now “A Sky Full of Stars,” the progression is drastic, but it seems to make sense.  By no means am I finding this change distasteful — rather, I think very few artists have been able to pull it off by lasting this long and making their debut during such a period of change in artistic demand.  The chords are a mild variant of your standard I-V-vi-IV progression (I highly recommend watching this video), and it’s a bright song at that.

Written in Reverse (feat. Matthew Koma) – Tiësto and Hardwell

Lyrics:

I wish I was mulled in a cloud in the universe
I wish there was room in the sky for the two of us
Cause when I hear you loud It’s a hell of a sound
Cause when I hear you loud It’s a hell of a sound
If you where here right now
I’ll be telling you how
Well turn it all around

If we were written in reverse
And the end was our beginning
Our love would be rehearsed
And the pain will turn to healing
If we were running in reverse
Would you find a way to say it
Would you love me till it hurts
And then maybe we could make it
You and I

Maybe we could make it
You and I

I wish we were sued in New York on the avenue

Living in before we had known any other view

Cause when I hear you loud It’s a hell of a sound
Cause when I hear you loud It’s a hell of a sound
If you where here right now
I’ll be telling you how
Well turn it all around

If we were written in reverse
And the end was our beginning
Our love would be rehearsed
And the pain will turn to healing
If we were written in reverse
Would you find a way to say it
Would you love me till it hurts
And then maybe we could make it
You and I

Baby we could make it
You and I

If we were running in reverse
And the end was our beginning
Our love would be rehearsed
And the pain will turn to healing
If we were running in reverse
Would you find a way to say it
Would you love me till it hurts
And then maybe we could make it
You and I

Description:

Only a few years ago there seemed to be a certain expectation as to what progressive house entailed.  A progression of chords (Zedd, by the way, is arguably the unchallengeable electronic artist when it comes to getting creative with chord progressions), an occasionally clean vocal component, and a melody that did not stray afar from consistent perfect intervals.  In other words, progressive house used to sound relatively pleasant to the ear, but then again, that’s just me.  These days if you take the time to browse through Beatport or any other domain of your liking, you can’t find music like this anymore.  Instead, I’ve noticed a recently growing popularity with hard electronica, which reminds me of an interview Deadmau5 once had, and now his words precisely capture how I feel about electronica at large.  But with all that aside, “Written in Reverse” is by no means one of the newer songs on the charts, but it was to me, at the time I came across it, a gem in a sea of gravel.