After going on tour for three years and performing various live shows in Paris, Hugo Pierre Leclercq, better known as Madeon, recently released his debut album “Adventure.” As one of the most exciting, up-and-coming DJs of the decade, there was much anticipation for this long-awaited album release. Strangely, “Adventure” features not only new hits but also older unreleased songs such as “Technicolor” and “Cut the Kid.” Rather than sticking to his usual method of releasing one or two singles every few months, Madeon spent a year and a half to compose his first album. For his album, he collaborated with different artists ranging from well-known, established musicians such as Mark Foster from “Foster the People” to smaller artists such as Kyan.
Since the beginning of his career, Madeon has been using the Novation Launchpad, a multi-button controller where each button is assigned an audio clip that may or may not be looped when activated, to produce his house music and electronic dance mashups. Some of his new hits such as “Zephyr” and “Pixel Empire” were produced solely through Launchpad alone, while his other new releases feature vocals by Madeon himself as well as other artists such as Dan Smith from “Bastille” and “Passion Pit.” Madeon sought to produce an album composed of songs that reflected his emotions. Most songs had an upbeat tone and an orchestral chorus, while a select few were more mellow such as “Innocence” and “Only Way Out.”
As a debut album, the music is vibrant and striking, and the amount of creativity Madeon expresses through his experimentation with certain rhythms and vocals makes him one artist to look out for in the future. I’d give this album an 8/10.