This slow jam sees member Drew Taggart singing unaccompanied about a relationship that is burning to ashes: “Hold it, even though it kills you slowly/Explosions, hidden when we’re in the open/Keep on smiling, until it’s over/Hold it, even though it kills you slowly.” The subtle melody and in-your-face 808 snares in the chorus help to boost the ballad feel.
Overall, it is one of the slowest and most stripped down songs that The Chainsmokers have ever put out. The recording doesn’t contain crazy sound effects that one may expect from a main stage act, but there’s no denying that this group is forging its own path in the pop/EDM crossover sphere and they’re succeeding.
The New York-based duo will close out Ultra Music Festival this Sunday, March 31st, at 12:30 PM ET. Listen to “Kill You Slowly” below.