‘Wasted’: Tiësto’s second single off new album ‘A Town Called Paradise’ is a soon-to-be smash-hit
Expected to be released this year is Tiësto‘s fifth studio album, A Town Called Paradise — his first in nearly five years, since 2009’s Kaleidoscope. Few details surrounding the upcoming project have been revealed aside from a pair of its components and Tiësto’s personal testimony. “The record has two sides to it,” he says, crediting one half to pleasing his fans and the other to the part of himself that’s always trying to innovate.
Its lead single, “Red Lights,” falls somewhere in the in-between of crowd-pleasing and innovation, but its follow-up more evidently stems from the latter. Released today, “Wasted” is a pop record destined for summer, to snowball into the heaviest of radio rotation in due time. This is part in thanks to Matthew Koma, the midas-touch vocalist who supplies the track’s high-spirited, season-tailored and strikingly contagious lyrics. “I like us better when we’re wasted,” the message comes more and more relatable following each listen.
On the production end of things, “Wasted” nails all aspects of what a smash hit will sound like in the very near future of summer 2014: melody-driven, indie rock-tinged, dance-engaged. Although leaning towards the spectrum’s better-end of radio material, that unbalance between pop and electronic weight makes for an (almost) ironic well-balanced hit: offered are spurts of chord progression similar to that of Martin Garrix’s “Animals,” but just enough to not be ‘EDM,’ appealing to a broad audience and primed to excel in main stream culture.
“Wasted” shapes up to be the model record in line with Tiësto’s vision for A Town Called Paradise: that it will, simply, make you smile, dance, and want to go out. “It’s everything a Tiësto album should be,” he refers to the upcoming project, “this is the album I’ve always wanted to make.”
With two singles down and “Wasted” en route to charts, fans can eye a collaboration with Krewella entitled “Set Yourself Free” along with a more personal record to be known as “Footprints” while anticipation for A Town Called Paradise builds.