Illenium and Angels & Airwaves’ Tom Delonge channel post-punk sound on new melodic dance track, ‘Paper Thin’
Mere days after announcing his newest collaboration, “Paper Thin,” Illenium has released what can only be described as “post-punk nostalgia.” The Denver-based melodic superstar has teamed up with former blink-182 guitarist and current Angels & Airwaves member, Tom DeLonge, on the new offering. “Paper Thin” falls in line with Illenium’s recent emo/punk-leaning output—from “Feel Something” with I-Prevail and Excision to “Good Things Fall Apart” with Jon Bellion—although Miller stated this was a “dream project” for him.
Illenium (aka Nick Miller) further described his appreciation for DeLonge in a tweet last Wednesday, October 21,
Now that the track has come full circle, “Paper Thin” channels every sound that Miller grew up on. Out now on Illenium’s new label, 12Tone Music, the track’s dance-music-meets-emo-alt-rock sound is clear from the start, with DeLonge’s emotional lyrics and guitar riffs leading the way. Illenium’s signature synths and melodic bass drops undergird the track, taking hold mainly on the song’s drops as Miller turns DeLonge’s lyrics into vocal chops for a quintessential EDM effect.
“Paper Thin” follows Illenium’s single, “Nightlight,” an Annika Wells collaboration which landed in August. The single’s cover artwork features a post-apocalyptic setting, though DeLonge joked in another tweet that he’d proposed something raunchier.