X Ambassadors are quite interesting. Their debut album in 2015 was a monster hit, so how do they follow it up? By pivoting in their style to a less poppy sound, and just writing what they feel. Lead singer Sam Harris admitted that the pressure of delivering an equally successful sophomore album consumed him, and constrained the group’s creativity, until realizing that they didn’t need to repeat their debut. The themes of perseverance, loyalty, and dedication reverberate through ”ORION”. "HOLD YOU DOWN" is a commitment to being someone else’s rock, and the joy that comes from that.
Release date: June 14, 2019
Similar artist(s): Bishop Briggs, Bastille, Imagine Dragons
Top tracks: QUICKSAND, HOLD YOU DOWN, SHADOW, BOOM