Editors’ Notes X Ambassadors experienced some false starts prior to the release of their second album, ORION. The Ithaca, New York, trio had completed a collection of songs before deciding to scrap them and start over, as they thought the soulful, pop-leaning sound they were pursuing took after 2015’s breakthrough album VHS. One of the songs that survived those recordings was 2018’s “Joyful,” a stand-alone single where frontman Sam Harris carries forward the album’s main theme: how to persevere through the darkest of times. Their change of plans was also a blessing in disguise, as it allowed Harris to regain his confidence (and feel like he didn’t have to match the massive success of singles like “Unsteady” and “Renegades”).

The genre-hopping ORION focuses on Harris’ stories, most of which are drawn from life experiences—he shows an appreciation for those who have to hustle every day over a gritty hip-hop groove on “QUICKSAND,” while on “HEY CHILD,” he writes a loving open letter to an old friend over a bluesy, Imagine Dragons-like stomp. He taps into his spiritual side on the organ-led “I DON'T KNOW HOW TO PRAY,” where he questions why bad things happen to good people. “HOLD YOU DOWN” is purposeful and life-affirming, a song about protecting each other that demonstrates how Harris shows his commitment to others over himself.

SONG
HEY CHILD
1
3:28
 
CONFIDENCE (feat. K.Flay)
2
2:53
 
QUICKSAND
3
3:09
 
BOOM
4
2:44
 
RULE
5
3:25
 
HISTORY
6
4:17
 
RECOVER
7
3:32
 
WASTELAND
8
3:08
 
SHADOWS
9
3:14
 
I DON’T KNOW HOW TO PRAY
10
2:13
 
HOLD YOU DOWN
11
3:17
 

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