Zedd brings us a fresh new single, starring Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams as the oft-unannounced vocalist you hear before the drop in a mainstream EDM song. This track brings you some pretty good vocals and when it gets going, it’s as good as much of what you hear on the radio these days. However, if this does make it to radio, I can tell that I’m going to get sick of it, very fast.
It starts with some piano with an atmospheric tinge as Williams brings us into the track. It’s quickly followed by a chorus that you’ll be hearing often so if you like it, you’re in luck. Williams does change it up from time to time and Zedd’s use of vocal synths toward the end manages to keep it fresh.
In terms of structure, “Stay the Night” is pretty standard fare. All the buildups and drops are where they’re expected, though Zedd does change it up at the end and lets listeners off on a softer note with some voice synths. Williams’ vocals are certainly the highlight of the song.
This track brings me to two different conclusions. If you’re a fan of Williams and an occasional listener of the genre, check this out. It’s pretty cool to see her trying new things and doing well at it. Those deep into this scene may not appreciate this track as much. It’s good, not quite great, and it’s fairly standard in terms of what mainstream EDM seems to produce these days – although, this track has a much-better-than-usual vocalist.