This song's hit the internet months ago. But it's made famous recently due to a Glee-covered version with Jessica Sanchez. Clarity is just a word, but who knew?
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I have to be honest. The only platform where I heard either artist (well, basically just Foxes) was through Fall Out Boy's Just One Yesterday duet with the English singer. And Zedd? Who knew Zedd?
Searching through, it seems Zedd is a German electronic music producer and DJ. His birth name is Anton Zaslavski. Zedd had great taste in music, and by the age of 4, he had started picking up piano and drums. Not recent enough? Zedd also produced Lady Gaga's two new songs off her new album ARTPOP, while working alongside Max Martin for Justin Bieber's hit single with Nicki Minaj, Beauty And A Beat. Zedd also released the title track of this single, Clarity, with the same titled album last October, eventually charting at 38 on the Billboard 200. Collaborations on the album included Ellie Goulding, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and Bright Lights. So, is he considered an underdog in music? Well, I'm not really sure.
For Foxes, a different story emerged. Almost unknown to the industry, Foxes released her EP entitled Warrior last year. A total of three singles, with Youth being the most famous (remixes, a million hits on SoundCloud), and Beauty Queen being the most recent one. Already praised for having a voice that is haunting and unique, she instantly becomes a gem unearthed by surprise from the industry. What will probably notch her status higher could be the feature in Fall Out Boy's recent post-hiatus album on the song Just One Yesterday and the now made popular Clarity. Both unknown, yet these treacherous waters seems much more clearer after knowing their potential in the music industry.
Clarity has an amazing piano skippering throughout the song as layers of synths and bass are mastered upon it. Followed by Foxes's vocals, the tremendous effort lasts long enough for you to sink in and appreciate the lyrics. With enormous heart-wrenching lines such as 'Cause' you are the piece of me; I wish I didn't need,' Zedd's lyric-writing composition is top-notch, while receiving help from Skylar Grey turning this into another high-quality work.
If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy?
All in all, Clarity is another rapid transition and showcases the current state of music. Through the mixing and the catchy yet emotional piece, Zedd's state and Foxes's talent in music can only go upwards. Not to mention Foxes's demand as an artist will certainly go a long way in establishing her as a main artist, with her eventual album coming out soon.
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - Zedd's piece of work is one my favourites off the album and this emotional piece transits into something we've never heard before, albeit unique and amazing at the same time.
SOUND: 9/10 - Foxes's vocals followed by the mastering from Zedd are the reasons why you'll fall in this track flawlessly and seamlessly.
LYRICS: 9/10 - Emotionally astute, this song will leave you recalling the memories of the past.
OVERALL: 27/30 - Clarity is not a cave-in of just a desire, but a healthy welcome from an industry already filled with a widespread of topics and genres. Clarity leaves you closed with emotional trepidation, and keeps you singing along with great exception. Play it for days.
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