Atlas Hour is a promising djent / modern rock band I discovered two months ago with their attractive Sam Smith cover, Dancing with a Stranger, released as a single in 2020. For those who haven’t heard about the band before, Atlas Hour has started their careers with an EP called; Conversations in 2019. Since then, this is their first single release. Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
I heard of Sam Smith before as many of you, yet never had the chance to listen to Dancing with a Stranger. He is a very successful artist who is at the top of his league for some time, making electronic/mainstream music with his authentic vocal style and romantic vibes. I just watched the music video of Sam’s version before writing this article to make sure I have the full picture of Atlas Hour’s work.
We can’t argue the potential of making cover songs for maybe over the last ten years. There are some bands out there who got themselves into world tours and album deals by only making successful covers. In this case, Atlas Hour has decided to work on something that their audiences aren’t familiar to hear. I personally know how challenging it is to make a successful cover. Atlas Hour chose to go with the most admirable way, which is not only playing the same structure with their instruments but also composing the song from the very beginning. I am not sure how you feel about this, but I respect that. This is what Metallica did with the same approach many years ago, and I still think that Garage Inc. is one of the most successful cover albums of all time.
Atlas Hour’s Dancing with a Stranger has both styles, Djent and Electronic. They kept the overture close to its original, then brought the story where they showed their real character. Although I don’t listen to djent much, this is a successful piece of work with its top-class production, dynamics, and irresistible melodies.