Pentatonix have exploded past a cappella circles to become platinum-selling superstars who tour with Kelly Clarkson. The vocal quintet are looking to brighten their star even more with the first-ever album of all-original material. The debut taste of the self-titled record came today via the doo-woppy lead single "Can't Sleep Love."
Premiered alongside its colorful and artistic music video, "Can't Sleep Love" is an easy-breezy tune detailing the adorable feeling of being too excited to fall asleep when you're digging someone so hard. Musically, Avi Kaplan and Kevin "K.O." Olusola give vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi and Kirstin Maldonado a bumpin' beat to serve laid-back, pitch-perfect harmonies on top of. The result is a sweet bop of a tune that will could fit on radio with the a cappella arrangement bringing something fresh to the listeners' ears.
Pentatonix drops on October 16 and will see the former Sing-Off champs going head-to-head with dance-pop and hip hop bangers on radio—which doesn't seem to faze the band. "[A cappella] is something entirely different, and entirely driven by raw vocal ability," Mitch said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "Listeners always appreciate singers, and to have a group that solely relies on their voices to create their music is quite a deviation from the monotony of pop music." Scott added:
"We've proved we can sing and we can arrange, now we want to prove we can write. We really wanted to push ourselves. We want to establish ourselves as original artists and show that we have something to say."
"Can't Sleep Love" is an undoubted an intriguing start to an album that promises to include everything "from chill, soulful stuff to upbeat, poppy craziness," according to Pentatonix. For whatever reason, viral acts like PTX have an uphill battle when it comes to releasing original music and even with major-label backing and a passionate fanbase, the act may struggle in this new sect of their careers. But as far as "Can't Sleep Love" goes, consider us pitch-slapped and eager to hear more.