Trance trio Above and Beyond are the latest producers to step outside of dance music and dabble in acoustic pop (not unlike what Avicii did with folk music on his debut). Their new song “Sun & Moon,” from their upcoming album Above and Beyond Acoustic – out January 28th, hot off the heels of the concert film they’ll release on the 24th – doesn’t stray too far from the trance outfit’s drone-y inclinations, structurally speaking. Above and Beyond shows the group – Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki – are adept at stretching out. The restrained breakup ballad keeps an even keel throughout, with a soft, flickering beat that underlies melancholy strings.
“‘Sun & Moon’ is one of our best-loved songs and probably the one that evokes the biggest crowd response all over the world, so it was an interesting challenge to try to create an acoustic version that might connect in the same way,” Siljamäki tells Rolling Stone. “To then have the chance to perform it live as part of a band – and eventually experience 6,000 people singing it with us at the Greek Theatre – will go down as one of the greatest thrills of our career.”