Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Marshmello – Summer

Yeah, it’s cool, I’d be bashful about a 4.30 too.


Hannah Jocelyn: I really liked Marshmello’s last crossover “Alone” because of how strange it was – I can’t think of another dance single that had as many unexpected turns, even as I admitted in the review that it was ultimately nothing new. The structure of this is more conventional, but it’s not bad at all. A lot of the songs I’ve heard from Monstercat are sparse, sometimes heavy, but always melodic (or in the case of SMLE, underground artists effortlessly crafting the songs the Chainsmokers have struggled to write like seven or eight times by now), and this is no exception. “Summer” is definitely to the more melodic side of things, and that works in Mello’s favor. Seeing as the seasons basically cycle throughout the week where I’m currently living (this pretty much sums it up), a song called “Summer” with a winter color scheme for an album cover and a bittersweet mood more fit for spring or fall sounds about right. 

Iain Mew: Yes I’m ready now to jump my way through imaginary lands with the brightest of blue skies and smiliest of clouds LET’S GO.

Claire Biddles: This is inoffensive enough until that sped-up beat that goes nowhere, kind of like an obnoxious pre-teen snuck in for a second and messed with all the dials. Maybe it’s just a misguided attempt to sneak something memorable into “Summer,” which is otherwise reminiscent of the backing music of a DVD menu screen or a twee platform game. 

Will Rivitz: The most frustrating critique of electronic music I hear on a consistent basis is that it’s “just background music.” Vocal-free or vocal-light tracks tend to draw attention less aggressively than songs with commanding lead singers; that doesn’t mean tracks in the former group should be treated with the same respect as ten-hour white noise loops on YouTube. There’s a subtle beauty in the best stuff out there — layers upon layers of gloom or grit or blush which mesh together in a staggering tour de force of emotion, catharsis, dancefloor muscle, unkempt joy, or a combination of any of these. I love instrumental music because its refusal to bow under distracting lyrics makes for some of the most sublimely beautiful tracks of my lifetime. That said, this track is incredibly boring.

Crystal Leww: I am a self-professed member of #mellogang, and yet, “Summer” doesn’t quite do it for me. The highs are not so high, the lows are not so low, and Marshmello mostly sounds like he’s making a song for a summer hangover rather than an actual summer party.

Tim de Reuse: A song name like “Summer” really puts all the cards on the table, doesn’t it? All this song is aiming for is a list of sound design elements that people associate with the soundcloud tag “Sunny,” arranged YouTube-tutorial-style into a passable three-minute chunk. It succeeds unmiraculously; it is an impressive demonstration of EDM genre savvy and technical chops, but not much else.

Ryo Miyauchi: If Calvin Harris brought a bougie brand of EDM summer, Marshmello enjoys a more suburban one. With a bar pretty low for thrills, it’s a shame he doesn’t dream much bigger than fiddling with a few notes on a decent synth. But that comfort to strive for decency reflects what suburbanites consider thrill anyway.

Thomas Inskeep: As empty as a marshmallow, too, just three minutes of white fluff.

Edward Okulicz: I was super into “Alone” because of how it switched things up constantly and kept the surprises and thrills coming. This one drags, as if Marshmello knows that was great about “Alone,” but can’t execute a second time. It has changes, but it doesn’t essentially change.

Will Adams: EDM’s conditioned us to expect massiveness all around, but even disregarding Marshie’s more explosive singles, “Summer” still sounds curiously empty. It’s already got a decent topline; slap a vocalist on this and it could be a solid early hours jam for its proposed season.

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4 Responses to “Marshmello – Summer”

  1. omg Will R unknowingly dragging me in the first line of his blurb is glorious

  2. Ditto for you dragging my imagined platform game, great sequencing

  3. sublime

  4. luv ya claire