Gentle strings are the happy listeners of “Sideways,” accompanied by the excited voice of Valerie Broussard. The soft keys echo in the background, giving way to a rapid growth that culminates in a long drop in energy. Here, in the middle of the song, fluttering, wavy synths explode around a live guitar riff.
Even if focused on dance, ILLENIUM’s latest offerings, such as last month’s “First Hour” with iann dior, favor collected tunes over unstoppable loudness. “Sideways” flip the switch with a loud sound ready for the dancefloor. Balancing electrified guitar riffs with resonant bass, this year on Illenium’s debut album Ashes, is reminiscent of songs like “Afterlife” and “Spirals.”
“Sideways” also marks a single track from ILLENIUM’s upcoming fourth studio album Fallen Embers. Followed by “Nightlight” with Annika Wells, “Hearts on Fire” with Dabin and Light, “Paper Thin” with Tom DeLonge and Angels & Airwaves, and “First Time” with iann dior. With the summer release of the album imminent, the much-anticipated collaboration between Excision and Slander is likely next in line.
Stream “Sideways” at the bottom.