This Week’s Music is a weekly column that discusses the weeks’ best, worst, and most interesting songs. We try to select songs of different artists and genres to keep things interesting and to please a variety of music fans.
This week, commercial music gets a boost from all sorts of artists. Bon Iver released an interesting song on the Creed II soundtrack, The Chainsmokers released another EDM hit, and Zayn introduces his first collaboration with Nicki Minaj.
Bon Iver – Do You Need Power?
Creed II is one of the most hyped up movies of the year, set for release on November 21. The soundtrack is produced by Mike WiLL Made It, and features songs from Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Young Thug, J. Cole, and more. An interesting addition is Bon Iver, whose sound isn’t the first that comes to mind when you think of movie soundtrack. “Do You Need Power?” is more of a mood than a song, lasting just under 2 minutes and featuring a compilation of voices, guitars, and pianos that will surely make for an intense movie sequence. As an independent song though, I’m not so sure it works.
“Beach House”, The Chainsmokers’ new track, is inspired by the amazing indie band Beach House. If you’ve heard of this band before you know that they’re a far cry from The Chainsmokers, which makes the title “Beach House” a distraction more than an homage. This EDM track will probably be a big hit, and it contains The Chainsmokers’ DNA through and through. The song is blend of styles that bring to mind downer dance music and emo bands of the early aughts. It’s an easy listen with a sort of catchy beat if you don’t allow yourself to linger on the painfully awkward lyrics.
ZAYN – No Candle No Light (Ft. Nicki Minaj)
Zayn’s latest single marks his first collaboration with Nicki Minaj. As usual, whenever Minaj collaborates with other artists, especially on songs that are not hers, she steals the spotlight. Luckily, Zayn manages to hold his own and deliver a fun dance song that has a catchy beat and tells an interesting story. It’s a shame that the chorus gets a little lost on technicalities and the EDM craze. Still, “No Candle No Light” is a solid collaboration between two interesting and vastly different artists.