Last week marked the release of Tiesto’s new album, Club Life Volume 3: Stockholm. Club Life albums are compilations of some of the hottest tunes during the epoch produced or remixed by Tiesto himself. The majority of tracks on all three of these volumes are Tiesto originals, while he handpicks a few favorites to sprinkle in between his own masterpieces. Each Club Life volume is named after a city whose essence is captured in musical form in a one hour long story of sounds.
Volume 3: Stockholm, is different and the same as the previous two volumes. The first two were similar in their poppy/progressive sound. Volume 3, while still bringing more of the same, also has several tunes that are darker, heavier, and more pure house-sounding but with Tiesto’s signature futuristic, heavily layered edge and deviation from predictable, repetition and song structure. What I mean by that, is that instead of the predictable chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, verse, chorus format, some of the songs are almost like a story, like an orchestral, classical music piece that tells a story and might repeat themes but doesn’t repeat the exact same blocks of music in a predictable format, most notably the first track on the album, “Paradise” by Tiesto and Dryo. This song is pure magic, pure genius, pure bliss. This is what they play at the gates of heaven after you die and are entering. At one point there is a sound effect that even sounds like people cheering and screaming, before the song was released, and I used to listen to live rips on YouTube, I thought that it was just the crowd yelling that the mic picked up, but it isn’t, it’s the angel’s cheering for you as your soul transcends your ego and becomes free.