Illenium has quietly blossomed into one of the biggest musical forces in the world. Since releasing his debut album with 2016’s Ashes, the former rugby player, turned full-blown heroin addict, turned clean-and-sober “sad boy” has seen many iterations of not only himself but also his music. Still, the classic elements of his earlier works can still be heard in his recent works. Even in his third studio full-length, Ascend, spawned a full-on movement in the past couple of years with a two-year arena tour, a four-piece live band, an R.I.A.A Certified Platinum record, a massive remix package, and so much more.
In an unprecedented move for the Denver-based artist, now the melodic superstar now releases his Ascend: Tour Edits EP today on Astralwerks. The short player arrives as four perfectly-curated mash-ups from crowd favorites along Illenium’s Ascend tour, which took place over 2019 – 2020 in support of his chart-topping third studio album. These renditions of album staples became sought-after following the conclusion of the jaunt.
Perfecting his inimitable alchemy, Illenium ignites “Crashing vs. Destiny” and strikes a seamless balance by uniting two former hits on “Good Things Fall Apart vs. Sad Songs” featuring Jon Bellion, Said The Sky, and Annika Wells. Additionally, he reimagines his Anna Clendening-assisted track on “Broken Ones Edit” and merges “Gorgeous” and “All Together” on “Gorgeous vs. All Together.”
All in all, the special edition EP spotlights a new portion in Illenium’s career where the artist feels fun and free to utilize the creative freedom of a producer double his age. This one is definitely going down in the ranks of greatness for his devoted Illenials fanbase. All of whom are itching to see what the next chapter holds for Illenium’s sound.
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