Fans of The Chainsmokers have been anxiously awaiting the full release of World War Joy since March. Since word broke of a forthcoming album, the duo consisting of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, have released six of the ten tracks listed. Today, we get the final four off the star-studded album.
The last tracks to be released include collaborations with artists Amy Shark-"The Reaper," Kygo-"Family," Sabrina Claudio-"See the Way," and the highly anticipated blink-182 track "P.S. I Hope You're Happy." Each fresh drop melds the duo's signature moody dance-pop style while highlighting the respective artists' brand. On "The Reaper," Shark's edgy vocals pair perfectly with the angsty tone set on the production. "Family" features Kygo's signature uplifting guitar style. Claudio's sultry vocals are the focal point on "See the Way." "P.S. I Hope You're Happy" feels like a blast from the early 2000s past, bringing the iconic blink-182 So-Cal sound back to 2019.
The four new tracks follow behind the previously released singles "Push My Luck," "Who Do You Love" with 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS), "Kills You Slowly," "Do You Mean" featuring Ty Dolla $ign and bülow, "Call You Mine" featuring Bebe Rexha, and "Takeaway" with Illenium and Lennon Stella. The duo took to Instagram to speak about the journey that lead up to World War Joy. In their own words:
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"These are the last 4 songs on the WWJ album and also the last day of the WWJ tour - thus closing out this chapter! What an incredible year its been touring 41 cities and getting to work with so many good friends over the course of this album. We got to work with one of our biggest musical inspirations in Blink-182, which still doesn't feel real...man those guys are seriously the best...to finally working with Kygo and Bebe, who have been friends with us since the start of our careers 8 years ago if not more…to working with Ty Dollar and iIlenium who have taken over music respectively…to not only making music with but spending 3 months together on the road they seriously couldn’t be more incredible and fun to be with, 5SOS and Lennon Stella, thank you for coming on tour with us and working so hard - we love you guys! And lets not forget some of our favorite new artists, like Sabrina Claudio, Amy Shark and Bulow…this bunch is already taking over music and we are just excited to be a little part in their incredibly journey. To our fans…this was an important album for us. After Sick Boy, which marked a darker period in our lives, we finally felt we had closure and could move onto something better…it sort of felt like we were breaking free of so much chaos and misunderstanding, and now we could be the people we wanted to be mostly thanks to you all, our friends...we were happy, both of us, and this album was us letting go of a lot of darkness. Getting to share this music with you all really helped us a lot. SO thank you to our friends and family and every one in the pack out there who supported our music and these artists alongside us and thank you to every fan that came out and saw a WWJ show…we gave everything we had this year something like 180+ shows an album and a whole bunch of other stuff and we never have felt more poised to make our best music yet next year…but for now enjoy these last four songs!"
Next up for Pall and Taggart is a new television series for the Freeform Network. The two are in the works as executive producers for a new music drama show called Demo.
Catch them for their last performance of the decade at Countdown NYE at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California or at their residency at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas, NV.