It’s been a long time since we’ve heard triumphant brass solos in the electronic music world. The last, most distinctive track to have one would be Capital Cities’ Safe and Sound, but that was a song which was more bubbly nature. Combined with hard-hitting, hazy synths, Closer twists the emotive feel of the instrument into a more gritty-sounding anthem.
Contrast this euphoric chorus with the soft, delicate vocals of Jennie A. and a simplistic piano melody in the verses, then you have a balance between calm and chaotic which is where the track really flourishes. It’s also no surprise that the UK music video also picks up on this mix, with a story about a young boy who is calm and peaceful until some misfortune happens. Then, he turns into a raging adult, causing havoc all around him.
Now, as Google jump onto the smartphone scene with their new Pixel phone, of course they needed a track full of energy to accompany the commercial – and they needed to look no further than Closer by Lemaitre to find the right track.