When Zac Brown Band opened his new album Jekyll + Hyde with an EDM-influenced song, I think everyone was taken by surprise. It was one of two EDM songs on the album. Some called it a sell-out move, while others chalked it up to creative misfires on Brown’s part. Well Zac Brown Band is back making EDM music and it’s with one of the biggest names of that genre, Avicii. For those who aren’t familiar with Avicii, his biggest recent hits were “Hey Brother,” “Wake Me Up” and “Waiting For Love.”
The new collaboration song between the two is titled “Broken Arrows” and will appear on Avicii’s new album Stories, which currently has no release date, but is highly anticipated by the EDM community. According to Fist In The Air, this song was first premiered at Avicii’s set at XS Nightclub right before EDC Vegas and then performed again at that event. Avicii confirmed it as a track on his upcoming album on his podcast Le7els earlier today.
You can take a listen to the song below (there are watermarks throughout it to prevent stealing). After listening to it a few times, it’s not bad for a pop/EDM song. If Zac Brown Band wants to scratch their EDM itch by doing collaborations like this, I have no problem with it. The problem I have is when they put this type of music on their own albums and throw it next to the likes of rock music, Motown music and country music. Nevertheless, it appears the Zac Brown Band have more than a passing interest in EDM music and it could be a sign of more of this type of music to come from the group.
(By the way, I want to give shoutout to reader John for bringing this to my attention)