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Clarity
     

Clarity

by Zedd
 

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In the span of a few years, Anton Zaslavski was inspired by Justice to make electronic dance music, reached out to Skrillex and remixed "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," became an in-demand producer of remixes and original material, and signed to mainstream label Interscope. His remixes for

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In the span of a few years, Anton Zaslavski was inspired by Justice to make electronic dance music, reached out to Skrillex and remixed "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," became an in-demand producer of remixes and original material, and signed to mainstream label Interscope. His remixes for the Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga, combined with production for Justin Bieber's Believe and singles like "The Anthem," "Shave It," and "Spectrum," made the German musician, still in his early twenties, a rising star in EDM and pop. Zaslavski's rapid ascent says more about his talent and creativity than the lack of skill and imagination required to make dance music. He was the drummer in a metalcore band, but he has definitely found his calling here. Clarity's lone pre-Interscope track is "Shave It," retitled "Shave It Up," made more musical with an all-strings coda, and yet shortened to a brisk 3:11. The song's grand and extended conclusion makes an early-in-the-album statement, however ostentatious, that Zaslavski can compose circles around the majority of EDM producers and do so in a concise fashion. He also knows how to construct an album. This plays out like it was developed and arranged for the sake of repeated listening rather than a quick fix for listeners in need of a rush. That said, there are plenty of peak moments that reflect the immediacy and desperation of adolescent relationships, like the stadium-ready title song (featuring Louisa Rose Allen, aka Foxes) and the fully developed modern pop of "Spectrum" (fronted in a boyish, bright-eyed manner by Matthew Koma). The instrumentals tend to be relatively restrained, but most of them are more attractive than the songs featuring big-name vocalists Ryan Tedder and Ellie Goulding. Zaslavski's not quite in a field of his own yet. "Stache" shamelessly displays the producer's indebtedness to key Justice influence Daft Punk -- it might as well be subtitled "Aerodynamic 2K12" -- but he's getting there. Anyone who appreciates well-crafted dance-pop should probably keep up with him.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2012
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602537160983
catalogNumber:
001753702
Rank:
53948

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Performance Credits

Zedd   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Dave Rene   Vocals
Anton Zaslavski   Background Vocals
Porter Robinson   Background Vocals
Kevin Feller   Background Vocals
Foxes!   Vocals
Priya Prins   Background Vocals
Jesse Taub   Vocals,Background Vocals
Drew Ressler   Background Vocals
R.J. Colston   Vocals,Background Vocals
Malachi Mott   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Heather Bright   Composer
Ashley Krajewski   Engineer
Kathryn Frazier   Publicity
Ryan Tedder   Composer
Ryan Shanahan   Engineer,Vocal Editing
Ghostwriter   Vocal Engineer
Ellie Goulding   Composer
Matt Lamotte   Marketing
Mitch Kenny   Engineer
Porter Robinson   Composer
Lucky Date   Composer,Producer
Zedd   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Editing
Matthew Koma   Composer
Elizabeth Abrams   Composer
Lisa DiAngelo   Publicity
Jesse Taub   Engineer
David D. Navarro AKA Roboto   Artwork
Siena Reese   Publicity
Ruud Van Eijk   Artwork
Holly Hafermann   Composer

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