It’s getting really hard to predict what The Chainsmokers are going to do next, and that’s working entirely in their favor. After putting out a lackluster debut album, they brought it back with Sick Boy, using intelligent lyrics and mixing in a diverse array of pop and EDM. Now, the group is dropping singles from its third album World War Joy and it’s pretty damn pop so far.


The Chainsmokers dropped a new song today called “Kills You Slowly” that plays like a mumble rappers attempt at a ballad, at least as far as rhythm goes. The subtle melody and in-your-face 808 snares in the chorus also help to add to that effect.

Overall, it’s absolutely one of the slowest and most stripped down songs that The Chainsmokers have ever put out. There’s no grand production or crazy effects to mask any shortcomings in the song, and there are a couple. But there’s no way to deny that this group is forging its own path in the pop/EDM crossover sphere and they’re succeeding.

The Chainsmokers will close out Ultra Music Festival this Sunday, March 31, at 12:30 PM EDT. Listen to “Kill You Slowly” below.

The Chainsmokers – Kills You Slowly [Lyrics]

[Verse 1]
Made plans with me and all your friends
I’m late again, I hate to keep you waiting
Tried to be a gentleman, got drunk again before I even made it
Tried to call a car for you, you’re tired of me, I know you wouldn’t take it
You walked a mile in Louis Vuittons and fucked ’em up, you know that they’re my favourite

[Pre-Chorus]
But we dress up and play pretend
Then we act like we’re good again
I do things I can’t defend
And even when you hold it in

[Chorus]
Hold it, even though it kills you slowly
Explosions hitting when we’re in the open
Keep on smilin’ until it’s over
Hold it, even though it kills you slowly

[Verse 2]
Arguments that never end, you’re talkin’ shit to spice up conversation
I’m so sick of back and forth, these fights with you are startin’ to feel contagious
Said that I’m no good for you right before we walk into your parents
Then you put on that smile again and grab my hand even though you hate it

[Pre-Chorus]
But we dress up and play pretend
Then we act like we’re good again
I do things I can’t defend
And even when you hold it in

[Chorus]
Hold it, even though it kills you slowly
Explosions hitting when we’re in the open
Keep on smilin’ until it’s over
Hold it, even though it kills you slowly

[Post-Chorus]
Oh but, but it it, won’t but, I said
You hold on, hopin’ it gon’ stop, but it don’t
Oh but, but it it, won’t but, I said
You hold on, hopin’ it gon’ stop, but it don’t

[Bridge]
Hold it, even though it kills you slowly
Explosions hitting when we’re in the open
And keep on smilin’ until it’s over
Hold it, even though it kills you slowly

[Chorus]
Holdin’ even though it kills you slowly (Oh but, but it it, won’t but, I said, you hold on, hopin’ it gon’ stop, but it don’t)
Explosions hitting when we’re in the open (Oh but, but it it, won’t but, I said, you hold on, hopin’ it gon’ stop, but it don’t)
Keep on smilin’ until it’s over (Oh but, but it it, won’t but, I said, you hold on, hopin’ it gon’ stop, but it don’t)
Holdin’ even though it kills you slowly (Oh but, but it it, won’t but, I said, you hold on, hopin’ it gon’ stop, but it don’t)

 

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