The Chainsmokers’ Memories… Do Not Open - What You Need To Know
They had two of 2016’s biggest hits with ‘Closer’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and now dance duo The Chainsmokers finally get around to releasing their debut album, here is everything you need to know about it…
A little background....
2016 was quite the year for Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, who only started performing together at the end of 2014. They released a string of hit singles, most crushing was ‘Closer’, their collaboration with Halsey, which sold over seven million copies and became the first ever lyric video to attract over a billion views on YouTube, it’s now the 25th most viewed video of all time!
Earlier that year they’d also had hits with ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and ‘Roses’, both of which shifted north of four million copies each. But, interestingly, none of these tracks have made the cut for the band’s debut album, which is what arrives today.
Who’s producing it?
For their debut album the duo have rounded up plenty of songwriting’s big guns. First up is Scott Harris, who wrote the majority of Shawn Mendes’ Illuminate, including monster hit ‘Treat You Better’, he helps the pair write two of these tracks.
Next up are Captain Cuts, the songwriting group founded by Grouplove's Ryan Rubin, they wrote 'Break Up Every Night' with the duo, there’s also an appearance for Sam Martin, David Guetta’s frequent collaborator, he helped create ‘Won’t Kill Ya’.
And special guests?
Lots and lots. First and most significantly we’ve got Coldplay, who teamed up with the duo to create their new single ‘Something Just Like This’, then we’ve got soulstress Jhene Aiko, who features on a track named ‘Wake Up Alone’.
Next up are country superstars Florida Georgia Line, they lend their thigh-slapping rhythms to the album’s closer ‘Last Day Alive’. There’s also an appearance for much-tipped newcomer Emily Warren, who is on two tracks, while French singer Louane is on a song named ‘Won’t Kill Ya’.
Warren, weirdly, also sings on previous single ‘Paris’, album opener ‘The One’ and ‘Wake Up Alone’, but goes uncredited on those tunes.
What does it sound like?
If you’ve heard the singles then you’ll know what you’re in for. Big choruses, breezy electronics and the odd ballad here and there. If you’ve liked what you’ve heard so far then get on board...
Does it deliver?
It does. It’s a brave call to leave off your three biggest hits, but it does mean there’s plenty of new stuff to get your ears around.