It's been three years since followers world wide fell in love with Alan Walker's breakout hit "Faded." The Norwegian producer spent that point deepening the roots of his artistic universe, pushing his sound towards cinematic heights with out shedding the vocal-driven hooks that made him the star he has turn out to be.
Today (Dec. 14), he celebrates his onerous work by releasing his first full-length studio album. Different World turns bleating synth melodies into sing-alongs, melts heat Caribbean rhythms with hardstyle booms, and electrifies the dance ground as a lot because it goals for radio readiness. It's 15 tracks of previously-released singles and new goodies alike, defining Walker's world because it exists right now.
We caught up with the 21-year-old DJ to get the complete story on every monitor. Check out his breakdown under.
I wished to start the whole album with an instrumental piece that attracts inspiration from movie scores, as that has been an inspiration for me for a very long time. I’m positive the listeners will hear that affect all through the album, and particularly within the interludes that follows in a while the album. I believe this intro units the precise temper for the album from the start, earlier than heading to the primary full music.
"Lost Control" Feat. Sorana
This is a monitor primarily based on an concept that I [had] a couple of 12 months in the past. I believe the theme of the music and its lyrics is one thing that lots of people can relate to. As for the vocals, Sorana is a gifted singer and songwriter who initially co-wrote the music as properly. We determined to maintain her on there, and I really feel like there's something particular about her vocals on this monitor that makes it stand out.
"I Don’t Wanna Go" Feat. Julie Bergan
Julie and I've identified one another for fairly a while, and we additionally collaborated on the primary single of my good good friend Ok-391, referred to as “Ignite." Julie has additionally been on the highway with me all through the previous 12 months, and this collaboration was sure to occur. One of many gifted singers and performers from Norway, and I’m very pleased with how the end result got here out on this monitor.
"Lily" Feat. Ok-391, Emelie Hollow
This is my second collaboration with Ok-391, following “Ignite." Some followers could acknowledge the monitor from earlier than, because it’s a demo Ok-391 had shared on-line earlier than as properly. The vocals on this tracks are by the wonderful Emelie Hollow from Norway, and I’m actually happy with having the ability to showcase new expertise on my album, that is probably not acquainted names for the viewers.
"Lonely" Feat. Steve Aoki, ISÁK, Omar Noir
I hope to work extra with [Steve Aoki] sooner or later as properly. We’ve run into one another a bunch of occasions on the highway, and he even took the trip to fly to Coachella to affix me on stage. We premiered an early model of this monitor there as properly. On the vocals, we have now two wonderful skills. The first one is Omar Noir, who's a rapper from my hometown of Bergen. The second one is Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen from the band ISÁK. Both [are] rising stars, and I additionally cherished how they introduced influences from West African music in addition to conventional “joik” that's consultant of the indigenous “Sami” those that partially stay in Northern Norway.
"Do It All For You" Feat. Trevor Guthrie
This is a monitor that's primarily based on a demo that I obtained fairly a while in the past, really. It’s been with me for some time, but it surely was one of many final tracks to be finalized and added to the album. Great vocals from Canadian artist Trevor Guthrie.
"Different World" Feat. Ok-391, CORSAK, Sofia Carson
This is the title monitor from the album. I collaborated with Ok-391 and CORSAK, who's a Chinese artist and producer you ought to be looking out for. He can be labored with me within the studio on a pair extra tracks on the album. This music may be very particular for me due to its vital message, which is one thing I actually wished to shed some extra gentle on via the discharge of this single and album, and thru the video content material to go together with it.
As folks could have seen, I wished to divide my album into two sections, the place the primary half is usually unreleased music, and the second half is primarily music that folks have heard earlier than. To bridge the hole between the 2 sections, I added this interlude. Some followers can also acknowledge this from an earlier model that I carried out stay at one in all my reveals.
"Sing Me To Sleep" Feat. Iselin Solheim
This is my second industrial single that was launched about two and a half years in the past. It options Iselin Solheim on vocals, who can be the voice on "Faded." Marshmello did an awesome remix to this monitor as properly.
"All Falls Down" Feat. Digital Farm Animals, Noah Cyrus, Juliander
This is a collab with Digital Farm Animals, Noah Cyrus and Swedish singer Juliander. It was the primary episode within the “World of Walker” trilogy that I began releasing a couple of 12 months in the past. Really glad to have labored with all of them on this monitor.
"Darkside" Feat. Au/Ra, Tomine Harket
The second installment of the “World Of Walker” trilogy, and one of many fan favorites on the album. The vocals are by Au/Ra and Tomine Harket, who actually added one other dimension to this monitor.
"Alone" Feat. Noonie Bao
This was the third industrial single, which not too long ago handed its two-year anniversary. I like performing this monitor on my reveals, and the response from the followers is all the time insane. Noonie Bao did an awesome job on the vocals and lyrics as properly.
"Diamond Heart" Feat. Sophia Somajo
This monitor was the third and ultimate episode of the “World Of Walker” trilogy, and it’s a monitor I premiered an early model of at Tomorrowland in 2017. Ever since, the followers have requested that I ought to launch it, and I believe it turned out nice. The vocals and lyrics by Swedish singer Sophia Somajo are actually one thing else.
Before rounding off the album, I wished so as to add one other interlude to steer into the ultimate monitor, which is de facto particular for me.
This is undoubtedly the monitor that most individuals affiliate me with, and it’s form of loopy to suppose that it was launched three years in the past. I’m all the time requested what this monitor means to me, and the easiest way to explain might be that it actually modified my life ceaselessly. These previous three years have been completely unimaginable for me, and I by no means imagined the influence this single would have after I first launched it after I was 18 years outdated. The finest approach to finish the album, for my part.
Different World is out now on MER. Listen to it under.