Album Review: ‘Elevate’ from Icon Trailer Music
In an era where widespread uncertainty and discord have become the norm, many long for an uncomplicated hero to emerge and distinguish her/himself.
From the outset, album opener “Take Heart” establishes itself as emotionally positive and infectiously sleek, with powerful piano and distorted guitar brush strokes and a cavernous electronic percussive approach.
Composed by John Pregler, the aptly titled “Lights in the Sky” pairs atmospheric synth-work with contemplative electric guitars in an on-trend piece that sounds directly inspired by the now iconic Friday Night Lights soundtrack. With club-ready electronics that sleekly ascend into a dramatic string and brass-driven spectacle, Jose Tomas Novoa’s “Rise to the Occasion” does exactly that.
Composer Alex Tenner’s “Prevail” crafts a broad hopeful synth and piano-laden atmosphere before shrinking down and exploding into a driving defiant march built on massive drums, strings, and brass parts flanked by an otherworldly choir. “Elevate” is an album designed to embody the sound of bravery in the face of adversity, making it ideal for sports reels, action scenes, and documentaries focused on subjects who take on seemingly impossible challenges and defy the odds to succeed.
Audition the Album
- Take Heart*
- Facing Forward*
- Climbing the Ladder
- Lights in the Sky
- Never Say Never
- Rise to the Occasion*
- Powering Through
- From Zero to Hero*
- As One*
- Dead Set
* Featured in audio compilation above.
About Patrick McGuire
Patrick McGuire is a writer and musician currently residing in northern New Mexico. In addition to his work covering the music industry, he writes personal essays and fiction. He makes music under the name Straight White Teeth and has a great affinity for dogs and putting his hands in his pockets.