Musical Discovery: ‘Body Moves’ by DNCE

I am in a weird position when it comes to DNCE. Their upbeat, vibrant funk style is refreshing and something the music industry really needed. Yet, whilst Cake by the Ocean was a great summer anthem and defined the band’s tone, every release since then has felt rather ‘samey’. Each track is wonderfully catchy, yet I’m also becoming bored with the similarities. So, when Joe Jonas and the rest of DNCE released Body Moves, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it.

For example, Toothbrush and Body Moves both feature a plucky, underlying bass rhythm, as well as a bouncy drum beat. It’s also unsurprising that Joe Jonas’ falsetto vocals make an appearance in the chorus. If anything, the only slight difference across the three singles DNCE have released so far is the tone of the songs. Cake by the Ocean is the summer anthem, Toothbrush is a more mellow funk track and now, Body Moves is a weird mix between the two.

DNCE have done a great job of establishing their style across these three singles – Body Moves is a great song on the whole – but it’s time for them to change things up a bit. We know what a DNCE song sounds like now, so Joe Jonas and the rest of his team should have the confidence to push the boundaries just a little bit further.

What do you think of Body Moves? Do you agree with me when I say that DNCE’s releases are starting to sound a little similar? Are you looking forward to their upcoming debut album? Comment below!

Liam

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