Over the past year, The Chainsmokers have used their international platform to experiment heavily with the direction of their sound. Using an unorthodox release kick on what began as the Sick Boy EP, Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall went onto dabble in alternative rock with “Beach House,” pop-country crossover with the Kelsea Ballerini-assisted “Feeling This,” before going back to their EDM roots on the huge NGHTMRE collaboration, “Save Yourself.”
Along the way, the former frat-duo producers transformed their dance party persona by offering songs that were more authentic, introspective, and refined than any on 2017’s Memories… Do Not Open. From their more mellowed-out production, to Drew’s sincere songwriting and lyrics on “Everybody Hates Me,” to playing with so many different genres, it appears as though the now-Grammy winners are taking their music a bit more seriously.
And while they haven’t quite honed down a defining sound, or even a semblance of a centralized motif across their releases, The Chainsmokers are clearly searching for something greater. That all came full circle with the final release in their now full-length sophomore effort, Sick Boy. The track, titled “Hope,” enlists Stockholm-native Winona Oak on duetted vocals with Drew (no surprise there). It’s a dark, honest, emotionally-driven number that attempts to further bridge their sonic stamp across multiple genres — specifically the indie-pop terrain, with sprinkles of future bass and tropical house.
Fans were also gifted with an official lyric video, featuring Taggart, Pall, and Oak strewn across on a wooden floor. Watch the video and stream the full Sick Boy album below.