Kaskade is a veteran to the trance-techno scene; he is one who many artists owe a special credit to in their own careers, being the subject of countless remixes and helping to kickstart and maintain the careers of many trance vocalists. He is also a well known remixer himself, whose subjects range from peers in the electro scene, to classical artists such as Rufus Wainwright. Kaskade recently released a new single in “Eyes” where he puts forth an immensely stripped down effort, carried on the sounds of a chordy classical piano.
The song starts off with a trademark Kaskade kick, simple and immersed completely in the style that he has made for himself. The song goes on to showcase the vocals of Mindy Gledhill, who takes a front seat on this track. The song is really mellow, and very slow-paced, only sporting 128 bpm (beats per minute), the average being 140. The sounds in “Eyes” are simple, but they work; the song feels hand crafted to its vocalist, where many songs in trance can seem to place vocals as an afterthought. The song feels very natural. The few buildups and breakdowns are by no means shooting for the stars, but that is to be expected with a track like this.
The song leaves on a simple drum beat, more so than the one it entered on, which I think is perfect, due to its simple nature. The song definitely does not leave me regretting the whole 7:16 played over and over, definitely one to listen to when doing something meticulous that could use a little flavor. Kaskade rarely disappoints, and this time is no different; he is on his game here. In a world where techno is being praised for its bpm’s and its “dirty breakdowns,” this is a refreshing change of pace and I encourage more of it. Hell- the album art even looks like it could be from the movie Avatar. The James Cameron, not The Last Airbender.