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Genre: Trance, Dubstep, and Progressive House
Top Three Songs:
- Lifeline (with Dragon, Jontron, & Senadee)
- Surrounded (with Au5 & Aqualung)
- City Life (with Au5, Fractal & Bada )
If you are a fan of EDM (electronic dance music) and don't know who Brian Transeau (BT) is, then you are not a true fan of EDM. BT is someone that really doesn't need an introduction. He has been around since 1993 with making nine studio albums (which I will review someday), has made movie and TV scores for The Fast and The Furious (2001) and Betrayal (2013) to name a few, has been Grammy Nominated for Best Electronic Dance Album in 2011, has made his own software that been used by mainstream artists like Justin Biber, worked with artists like NSync, Britney Spears, Tiesto, Armin and many others, and has an awesome hairstyle. With every new album that BT makes he explores a new genre of music. With the first two albums he was mainly focusing on the trance genre, but in Movement Still in Live (1999) he explored with hip-hop beats and This Binary Universe (2007) was more ambient and glitch-like. With A Song Across Wires (2013) BT focuses on the new hype that has been occurring in EDM lately that he calls, "bass music" and teaming up with an all-star cast of artists like trance vocalist Jes, a coming up dubstep and electro house producer Fractal, and tyDi a progressive trance and house producer. In A Song Across Wires BT is able to explore sounds that we have not heard from him before, but still able to keep that BT style that we all love.
We start off with the third single of ASAW (A Song Across Wires) which is the very relaxing and mystical song of "Skylarking", where it has a very simple melody that you can just lose yourself in and you can find yourself driving in the middle of the night listening to it. Then we go into the first collaboration of the album with Fractal and Jes bring a rocking dubstep track, "Letting Go," with heavy basslines, vocal and synth glitches, melodic synths, atmospheric pads, and drums that just pop out in your face. The next collaboration is with electro and progressive house producer Adam K with the first single, "Tomahawk," is were you get relaxing progressive melodies, crazy electro basslines, unique soundscapes and glitch up craziness. The next song is one of the more unique songs and collaborations I have heard for a while called "City Life" with dubstep and electro house producer Au5,Fractal, and K-Pop singer Bada were it takes you on a journey that is only available on this song mixing traditional with EDM. "City Life" starts off with traditional Asian orchestral instruments that go with Bada's very mysterious vocals and lyrics and then breaks off in to electro house break down with a hard electro bass, high-pitch plucks, and more inspirational leads and pads, then ends with the traditional Asian instruments that transport you there from the beginning. "Stem the Tides" is a progressive trance song with tyDi and inspirational vocals provided by Tania Zygar, starting out with the glitchly soundscape, the acoustic guitar, with the orchestral abundance reviving the BT's stutter edit signature, then kicks up with huge progressive synths and pads and glitch out vocals and synths. Again with tyDi and Jes the song "Tonight" follows the same style of "Stem the Tides", with the outer space ambiance and glitched up sounds, but kicks it up more than "Stem the Tides" in the beginning getting to the banging drums, the stutter edited sounds, and the booming synths you have to rock your head to. The next song is the progressive house song, "Love Divine" with progressive house producer Stefan Dabruck and vocals from amazing male vocalist from Christian Burns, taking more a traditional progressive style of song with massive progressive synths and outstanding vocals. The last single from ASAW is an amazing collaboration from Au5 & male vocalist Aqualung making the electro house and trance song, "Surrounded," with vocals and lyrics that make you feel like you are surrounded, a relaxing progressive trance melody that is powered up by the glitched electro basslines in the end, and the glitched vocals to complement it. The next song was an unofficial single that was offered by BT through a free digital download and was made only by him using his laptop while making trips on an airplane. "Vervoeren" is almost your standard relaxing progressive house song with a basic melody, drum beat, and synths, but BT mixes it up with powering the track up with his glitchly stutter edit and granular synthesis making it more unique and different. The next song is a remake of a song that BT worked on back in 1997 with trance artist Anomaly, "Calling Your Name," but completely reworking it with trance and house duo Tritonal and vocalist Emma Hewitt, making it more electro house with house banging basslines and break downs and at the same time adding magical vocals and a trance atmosphere making the song a mixture of different genres that is just extraordinary. The first single is one that I had been waiting for ever since BT put the full version on his Soundcloud is the collaboration with trance and progressive house artist Arty and vocalist Nadia Ali called "Must Be the Love". It starts off with Nadia's magical vocals complimented with a relaxing melody with unique percussive instruments with a huge orchestral crescendo with a verity of drums and horns, and then it goes into the EDM part of the song with a huge trance sounding synth that stands out, adding the mystic ambient sounds in the background, and a piano that transport you to another state of mind. The last song of the album ends with the collaboration with the trance and house duo of Dragon & Jontron with male singer Senadee called, "Lifeline". The vocals and lyrics of the song stand out and really makes this song a favorite that you find yourself singing to the catchy lyrics it provides and the melody of the synths are unique, but also simple too.
In my mind this is one of the best EDM albums I have heard ever. It's not my favorite BT album, which is These Hopeful Machines (2010) because that ASAW sounds too much like EDM and in Hopeful Machines BT explored more the non-standard of EDM with electronica, rock, and his own style of music, but never less this album just perfect. BT has done which a lot of artist can't to and that is the merge of many different genres in one album making it sound different, but at the same time you know you are listen to the same artist. From ASAW we hear trance songs like "Skylarking," "Must Be the Love," and "Stem the Tides" and songs that are in the bass music area like "Surrounded," "Tomahawk," and "Letting Go". In album we normally don't get a huge verity of genres like that mixed together and done right like BT has done. There really isn't much else I can say about ASAW that I can't stop repeating or just "fan-girling" over, everything about it is perfect. Plus I was able to get a signed copy of the album so I am just happy. If you are a BT fan you might have some fixed feelings over it since BT is going for to the standard EDM route of music, instead of the Hopeful Machines uniqueness, but you still find yourself enjoying it. If you have never heard of BT (which how dare you!) and a fan of EDM then you with absolutely love this album and all it gives to you, with a great mixture of genres and artists you will find a couple of songs you just can't get enough of. No matter what though I would really get this masterpiece right now and just enjoy the journey it takes you on.