ILLENIUM is one of EDM‘s biggest stars. Also known as Nicholas Miller, the artist has risen to fame over the last eight years or so. In time, each release has become more personal and vulnerable. FALLEN EMBERS, his newest and fourth studio album, has taken such vulnerability to a new level. Each song is potently touching, and absolutely demands your full attention. The star-studded album features voices from a range of genres, including Tori Kelly, iann dior, and Annika Wells.
“Blame Myself” is Heartbreakingly Heavy
“Blame Myself”, the introductory track of FALLEN EMBERS, features the painstakingly soft voice of Tori Kelly. With lyrics like “Lie to me, it would help / Just lie to me, say you found someone else / So I don’t blame myself”, it’s apparent that Miller is in touch with his emotions. The heartbreak track is undoubtedly a fan favorite, and for good reason. Released on July 16th with the rest of the album, “Blame Myself” is drum-heavy and builds a crescendo of feelings to be explored later in the album.
ILLENIUM Falls in Love on “First Time”
“First Time” featuring iann dior demonstrates ILLENIUM’s ability to shine even in the background. It was released as a preceding single to the album and fans ate it up. The track’s focus is on dior’s smooth vocals, but the EDM giant’s composing ability resonates after the chorus. “First Time” is all about that intoxicating feeling of falling in love for the first time. ILLENIUM backs iann’s vocals without overpowering them – a recipe for the perfect crossover.
Nightlight is the Star of the Show
Annika Wells, an American singer-songwriter, is the star of “Nightlight.” Another single off FALLEN EMBERS, the track is absolutely ethereal. This love song has been rising through the EDM charts. Wells’ voice, angelic and effortless, compliments Miller’s bass production greatly.
FALLEN EMBERS is all about finding light in the darkness, and ILLENIUM truly does just that. Each track sounds completely different, yet offers the same deep emotions. ILLENIUM crosses over more into mainstream pop with this album, and fans are torn about what to think.