Harry Styles, invited Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol and Gary Go to help him out a bit with his new album. Digital Spy reports that McDaid and Go worked together on four tracks, and McDaid helped Styles out a bit on four more of the tracks besides. That is eight tracks so far. This should provide a lot of the support system Harry needs to get this album ready for eager fans.
It is nice to know Harry Styles is getting help. He seems to be struggling more than a bit with the responsibilities of going solo, but who exactly are Johnny McDaid and Gary Go? What is Snow Patrol like? What sort of musical influence are these guys? If you are unfamiliar with their work, or would just like to give it another listen, check out the videos below. There is more than enough in these playlists to give you an idea what they are about musically. You can listen to it all, or click through a song to another once you get the idea, or you can click on a specific song in the playlist to hear it. So just kick back and enjoy some killer music and imagine how these kinds of songs might influence Harry’s work.
Wow, did Harry Styles pick great influences, or what? That Snow Patrol sound has a sort of brooding, pondering quality that kind of fit Harry’s mood lately. Johnny McDaid could be very helpful in getting that feeling out of Harry’s heart and onto the track. It will be interesting to see what they do with that in combination with Harry’s own tastes and the other influences. The Gary Go sound is a lot more melodic, and “The Heart Balloon” to name one song is certainly lovely in its arrangement and the overall lyrical cleverness is a plus.
Harry Styles has also mentioned another great influence in Sir Paul McCartney, probably one of the greatest and certainly among the best known musical geniuses of the 20th century. Styles has also been spotted and photographed talking to Paul’s old band mate, Ringo Starr, another great musical genius of renown. These two guys, more than anyone else still among the living, know what it is like to create a completely new sound that has been echoed for decades in virtually all popular music. If that is where Styles wants to go, and it very well seems that’s what he is trying to do, he could not find better advisers. Listen to some tracks below for a good grasp of music history and the evolution of a sound.
Harry Styles will find that anything lacking in Gary Go and Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol, within conversations with Beatles veterans Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Those guys wrote the book on the evolution of music. They will drive any residual pop mediocrity out of Styles, and transform him into the musical revolutionary he so longs to be. All he has to do is pay attention, though the learning curve admittedly is pretty big between Simon Cowell-style mainstream pop lessons and where Harry apparently wants to go, judging from the influences he is choosing.
If it’s Harry Styles intent to revolutionize and re-define the music of this century, then he’s on the right track with the influences he has chosen. The influences do seem to define his quest for better music. He has Gary Go and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid as contemporaries, and also the remaining Beatles from the 1960s and beyond as mentors and guides. His album should be light years beyond what anyone expects from this 22 year old pop star.
If Harry Styles learns all the right things from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr from the Beatles, Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol, and Gary Go, he could very well blow our minds with the new album.
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