The latest original by Colorado-based Illenium captures the recent trend in electronic music and may very well be a prime indicator of its direction—like others, Illenium’s “Crawl Outta Love” puts a spotlight on acoustic instrumentation. Utilizing a distinct vocal sample layered beneath a piano melody to capture the listener’s attention, the piano intro is powerful yet dramatic. In many ways, it’s similar to a film score that complements a movie scene. As the song wavers on, a downtempo beat adds to the ambiance and creates tension to build up to the drop. The main build up contains timpani drums to anticipate a major forthcoming change in the song. Sonically, the timpani drums invigorates life into the chorus—analogous to a new leash on life after a bad relationship. When the song reaches an airy and space-filled drop, vocal samples are interwoven with a synth-infused drum beat. Illenium’s simplistic approach in production brings out the emotion in Annika Wells‘ vocals.
In the beginning of many relationships, love draws people together to create a strong bond. However, someone in the relationship may discover a person’s true intentions and may want to leave. In some cases, people are lured back into the relationship by convincing arguments and words that lack meaning behind it. Eventually, the person recognizes he or she may be stuck in the relationship and wants to “crawl outta love.” If you want to crawl out of your music funk, “Crawl Outta Love” is the perfect addition to your summer soundtrack. Be sure to check out Illenium’s music on SoundCloud and his latest effort below: