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Gabe’s Jam Sesh: Madeon’s “Adventure”

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“Adventure” is an album I only discovered a few months ago, but was released on March 30, 2015 under the label Colum­bia Records.

While I only discovered it during the fall of 2015, “Adven­ture” left a big impression on me. I had been following Madeon, a 21 year old French electronic music producer, for a while, lis­tening to his independently re­leased singles and watching him grow as a producer, but right around Thanksgiving I realized I hadn’t listened to his debut al­bum.

Quickly correcting my mis­take, “Adventure” took me on a journey I didn’t expect. Starting with “Isometric,” a short intro­duction comprised of ascending gravelly synths, the album then leads directly into “You’re On,” a French-house track and my sec­ond favorite song off the album. “Isometric” and “You’re On” blend into each other, forming a seamless experience for the al­bum’s beginning.

From there comes “OK,” an incredibly energetic dance track where the only vocals are heav­ily altered OKs that rise and fall in pitch. It sounds bad when you describe it like that, but it’s defi­nitely catchy and a great track. Then comes “La Lune,” featuring Dan Smith, the singer of Bastille (they made that one song “Pom­peii” everybody knows) followed by the album’s biggest hit and the only single I remember coming out: “Pay No Mind,” featuring Passion Pit.

“Pay No Mind” is my num­ber one favorite off of “Adven­ture,” and the one I cannot help but sing along to the entire time. “Pay No Mind” actually has a bit of a narrative to its lyrics, which makes it one of the more impres­sive tracks considering this is an electronic album. I won’t go into it, because I feel like I can’t give an accurate description, so you should definitely listen to it.

Sadly, most of the songs af­ter “Pay No Mind” fall short to the expectations set by the tracks before them. Not a single song is bad, mind you; they’re just not as memorable.

I’ve listened to “Adventure” roughly forty times and for the life of me I wouldn’t be able to recall anything about the songs after “Pay No Mind.” That’s kind of sad consider “Adventure” is in my top ten albums of 2015.

The album also has a deluxe version, which features four songs not on the standard release, and which don’t really add much to the album apart from a longer playing time. They’re still worth listening to though.

“Adventure” features many catchy, memorable dance tracks that really just make you feel happy, as well as some others that aren’t/don’t. “Zephyr” is an ex­ample of a less catchy/memora­ble/happy song, but it’s still great. Of the songs that don’t come to mind, this one is definitely of a higher tier. It’s pretty intense compared to the rest of tracks.

If you’re into electronic mu­sic, feel like dancing, or just want to try something new, then sup­port Madeon and give his first album a listen. You can find “Ad­venture” on iTunes for $9.99 or on Spotify to be streamed.

Gabe Carrio
Gabe is a senior at SNHU. He has a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Digital Media and Video Production. Both aid in his passion for both storytelling and filmmaking. An aspiring journalist and filmmaker, Gabe plans to make his final year on the Penmen Press his best, and to make a positive impact on the paper for years to come. When he’s not on campus or working as a cook, Gabe can be found at home planning and brainstorming, or practicing with his band Social Ghost.