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The Harmonics

Stanford University

King of the Clouds - Single (2021)


Review By TeKay

September 15, 2021

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What we have here is a brighter and bushier Harmonics than I've heard in possibly a decade. Even though King of the Clouds is probably the most esoterically written downer of a song that I've heard by Panic! At The Disco, it does still crackle with wit and excitement in a most jubilant manner. At least in the hands of masterful arranger Lily-Zimeng Liu; spirited soloists Mitchell Zimmerman, Lauren Ramlan and Maia Rocklin; and the empyrean background singers. The Harmonics have delivered us a little slice of heaven in a neat little three-minute package. I was actually shocked upon my initial listen as to how not moody the song sounds while still bearing the full weight of the lyrics. There is a bit of trudging in the middle that isn't from the original where the group seems to land too often on the beat instead of slightly in front to propel the song forward. But talk about a minor quibble. King of the Clouds is the song of the moment. Congratulations, Harmonics.  

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