Monday, February 8th, 2021

Meduza ft. Dermot Kennedy – Paradise

We gazed upon them, and we turned to ztone…


Kayla Beardslee: Listening to this song is a pointless exercise. It’s bland, mindless playlist filler: either you already know you don’t like it, or you already know you don’t care and just want anonymous background music. I would feel vaguely insulted as a consumer, except “Paradise” is too insubstantial for thoughts of any significance to stick to it.

Alfred Soto: Anonymous singers populate the annals of dance music. Dermot Kennedy isn’t anonymous enough. Pushing for poignancy, he steps on rakes. 

Edward Okulicz: Meduza’s mostly faceless, skipping house works better with a vocalist who doesn’t sound too distinctive, and lyrics that don’t draw attention to their banality, or, indeed, a vocalist who highlights the lyrics’ banality. On the face of it, this is more of a song than “Piece of Your Heart,” but it’s a clumsy one attempting to be sung into profundity. But profundity from a song like this should come from the floor, and this one doesn’t take me there, let alone 1000 miles, to paradise, to anywhere.

Thomas Inskeep: What’s that, you say? Taking an EDM act and pairing them with a male pop-folk(ish) singer? Well, that certainly sounds original! And you say “Paradise” sounds like every other blasted example of this? Can you see? This is my “shocked” face.

Juana Giaimo: I feel I’ve heard Dermot Kennedy’s voice before, but I checked his singles and I don’t know any. Maybe it’s because EDM just loves to add dramatic vocals to a generic track to pretend it has something to offer.

Samson Savill de Jong: Competent in all the most boring ways possible. There’s nothing particularly wrong here — I can’t even accuse Meduza of producing something nakedly cynical — but there’s nothing particularly right here, either; it’s just empty sounds. The song is simultaneously forgettable and so predictable that you’ll feel like you’ve heard it before on your first listen.

Katherine St Asaph: Ersatz “Wake Me Up” EDM tracks are back? Nature is healing, we are the virus. (A dated meme, yet not as dated as this song.)

Andrew Karpan: Much like 2020, a real bummer of a follow-up. Though ostensibly identical to Meduza’s big hit “Piece of Your Heart” — a greasy night-out bop — the differences this time around speak to a year of diminished expectations. The grovely vocal impressions of Dermot Kennedy, the rather anonymous-sounding Irish singer who helms the vox this time around, convey melodrama without stakes, a passive yearning that has become too ritualized to mean anything at all. But I’ve been there, in fact, I’m there everyday now and generally at the same time. The high point is when he bellows “there’s a thousand miles between you and I,” because there might as well be these days, right? I’m not traveling anywhere. 

Scott Mildenhall: Well, it exists. It exists as an exercise in Meduza expanding their palette incrementally — pragmatically — to include the judicious gruffness of a popstar seeking the same. It exists as a clip in an advert for a Spotify playlist extending only to the part where the popstar wakes up. And it what — sorry, just quickly: what if it’s just the same, but not as good.

Tim de Reuse: Plucky mid-2010s deep house, with all distinguishing characteristics power-sanded away: pleasant like a cold glass of water. The bit in the middle where they try to raise the stakes by repeating previously established insipid chants so often they start to overlap is funny, because it’s something a half-assed remix would do, but not quite irritating enough to be memorable.

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One Response to “Meduza ft. Dermot Kennedy – Paradise”

  1. Sometimes when you hear a song in a 5 second snippet, like the YouTube channels that list what’s on the charts present, you miss the main piece of the song and get a small piece in your head instead that distorts its quality.

    You could play any 5 second snippet of this song and I think most people would find it just as tolerable but undesirable every time.