ILLENIUM cements himself the melodic sad boy of EDM with long-awaited fourth studio album, ‘Fallen Embers’
Album Artwork: Lara McWhorter.
An overseas volcanic eruption took place last weekend, which was photographed with a floating ash ember that perfectly resembled ILLENIUM‘s iconic phoenix. It seemed like a perfectly neat omen for his then-incoming LP, Fallen Embers. The melodic sad boy, known also as Nick Miller, was quick to Twitter to joke about the eruption being timed perfectly for his fourth studio album release. Now, as the 14-track full-length sees its wide release, the photo capture seems like more than just crazy coincidence and more like divine timing. Whether one attunes themselves to see patterns and synchronicities, ILLENIUM sure does.
At long last, Fallen Embers has landed much to global fan and critical praise. Spanning 14 tracks, the album marks ILLENIUM’s full forward fold into the melodic bass-meets-rock-meets-pop crossover point that’s increasingly marked his music direction since Ascend. With his history-making TRILOGY farewell performance inside Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium ahead of the LP’s release, Fallen Embers is looking more and more like its meant to a marker of growth, evolution, and change. While Ashes, Awakes, and Ascend were indisputably marvels, each in their own right, Fallen Embers is ILLENIUM’s most advanced, well-rounded, and full-bodied piece of work to date.
Miller had already released five track from the LP, including “Heavenly Side,” “First Time” alongside iann dior, “Sideways” with Valerie Broussard and Nurko, “Nightlight” featuring Annika Wells, “Hearts on Fire” with former live bandmate Dabin and top EDM vocalist Lights, and “Paper Thin” with Angels & Airwaves’ Tom DeLonge. The full album deliverance sees an entirely collaborative album, with features from Tori Kelly, Sasha Sloan, Krewella and SLANDER, Excision and HALIENE, Said The Sky and Rock Mafia, Emma Grace, and nothing,nowhere. Not even one ILLENIUM solo original is to be found on the LP.
“This album is the result of my healing and personal growth. A lot of passion went into every single song. Thank you to everyone involved who helped make this album what it is. I’m stoked it’s finally here and I hope you enjoy the start of this new chapter I’m sharing with you.”– ILLENIUM
As Miller told Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1’s New Music Daily, “I got more time on this one, honestly, because of the last year and I think I got time to perfect it and really make sure everything hit right emotionally. I was working on so much stuff this past year and I wanted to make songs that just I like and just I vibe with and I know that helps me out and get rid of some of the noise. And so it was really peaceful, honestly.”
That’s not all. The amazing album cover artwork for Fallen Embers is the creative brainchild of Miller’s current girlfriend, Lara McWorter, which adds a whole different, entirely adorable dimension to the album. In any case, Fallen Embers is an instant masterpiece. Without so much as a shadow beyond a doubt, ILLENIUM has cemented himself the melodic “sad boy” lover of EDM this highly-anticipated fourth studio album.
ILLENIUM – Fallen Embers LP
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