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Album Review

In the span of a few years, Anton Zaslavski was inspired by Justice to make electronic dance music, reached out to Skrillex and remixed "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," became an in-demand producer of remixes and original material, and signed to mainstream label Interscope. His remixes for the Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga, combined with production for Justin Bieber's Believe and singles like "The Anthem," "Shave It," and "Spectrum," made the German musician, still in his early twenties, a rising star in EDM and pop. Zaslavski's rapid ascent says more about his talent and creativity than the lack of skill and imagination required to make dance music. He was the drummer in a metalcore band, but he has definitely found his calling here. Clarity's lone pre-Interscope track is "Shave It," retitled "Shave It Up," made more musical with an all-strings coda, and yet shortened to a brisk 3:11. The song's grand and extended conclusion makes an early-in-the-album statement, however ostentatious, that Zaslavski can compose circles around the majority of EDM producers and do so in a concise fashion. He also knows how to construct an album. This plays out like it was developed and arranged for the sake of repeated listening rather than a quick fix for listeners in need of a rush. That said, there are plenty of peak moments that reflect the immediacy and desperation of adolescent relationships, like the stadium-ready title song (featuring Louisa Rose Allen, aka Foxes) and the fully developed modern pop of "Spectrum" (fronted in a boyish, bright-eyed manner by Matthew Koma). The instrumentals tend to be relatively restrained, but most of them are more attractive than the songs featuring big-name vocalists Ryan Tedder and Ellie Goulding. Zaslavski's not quite in a field of his own yet. "Stache" shamelessly displays the producer's indebtedness to key Justice influence Daft Punk — it might as well be subtitled "Aerodynamic 2K12" — but he's getting there. Anyone who appreciates well-crafted dance-pop should probably keep up with him.

Customer Reviews

Clarity - 'The Sound of Now'

Clarity starts off with ticking clock, which is joined by a gentle melody and female vocalist LIZ-but don't let the tranquil opening of 'hourglass' fool you. Midway through the track, it explodes into a house-infected, pulsating heater that segues into 'Shave it Up" a staccato track influenced by Baltimore club music. OneRepublic vocalist Ryan Tedder injects some falsetto-brushed soul into the synth-dappled "Lost at Sea". Foxes lends her vocals on the album title song "Clarity" that ascends to a festival friendly 'hands-in-the-air" chorus, followed by "Codec" hosting a series of electro-house heavy baselines with 'Daft Punk' inspired melody that fits perfectly together. Next the instrumental version, which he has lent to the mother monster herself 'Lady Gaga', "Stache" that delivers an arpeggiated synth with an Electro House beat giving us that House, Hip-Hop coalition that has just blown over these past few years. "Fall into the Sky" welcomes Ellie Goulding into the fold for hyperactive workout. Just when you've been stirred up, Zedd promises to "Follow You Down" with a shimmering appearance by Bright Lies. the frenetic collection comes full circle as the final tune, the aptly titled "Epos" concludes with the ticking clock winding down.

WOW

I can honestly say this is one of the best albums I have heard in a very long time! The songs take you on an emotional journey and transition seamlessly from one to the next. Truly inspiring production. Brilliant!

So much love for Zedd

Zedd continues to impress, he was amazing at Wireless and now he's made an amazing album, he can do no wrongs so far it seems

Biography

Born: 02 September 1989 in Kaiserslautern, Germany

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '10s

Born Anton Zaslavski in southwest Germany, Grammy-winning electronic producer Zedd broke onto the European dance scene in 2010 with a remix of Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites." Though known for his glitch, pulsing production, Zedd's musical journey began in the acoustic realm. Raised in a musical family, the future producer cut his teeth on the piano at four years old and eventually moved on to drums and played in a rock band before being drawn into the digital world in 2009. Zedd built...
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