Scandinavia has a special delivery – and it’s one that includes over 40 million views on YouTube, 14 singles, over 80 million streams on Spotify, and 4 released albums. Hailing from Sweden, Smash Into Pieces has taken the classic track “Mad World” by Tears For Fears and packed just enough punch to make it their own.
The track itself has a very ominous tone – as it should, given the lyrical content of the song. “Mad World” is rather depressing, describing the meaningless of life and how everyone is running the day-to-day rat race for no reason in the end. Yeah, take that all in.
Lead vocalist Chris Adam Hedman Sörbye has the perfect voice for this song. Throughout the entire track, he’s able to convey the appropriate level of emotion. With content that’s so heavy-hearted and a combination of sounds that make you feel like you’re literally on the outside of a gloomy world looking in, you want someone who can deliver with that beautiful mix of gentle force and edginess – and deliver he does.
Sörbye has this way of just making you want to close your eyes and drift away. You can hear the longing in his voice, as he conveys the sadness that is the mad world in which he lives. The people around him are tired, the world is tired, and everyone is depressed because, in the eyes of the narrator, they’re going nowhere. As you listen to him, you actually start to feel like you’re a part of that world. You’re swept into the author’s narrative.
The bridge is when you’ll hear that longing turn into what almost sounds like frustration. The narrator is describing how they ironically find “the dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had.” You’ll hear the progression in Sörbye’s voice as he unleashes a little more vocal strength and emphasis, and then it’s back to almost a whisper-soothing for the chorus. Honestly, it’s perfectly put together. At the end of the song, you can really get a taste of what he can do with his voice.
This track somehow manages to take a depressing world and make it sound absolutely beautiful. It’s one of those songs where if you didn’t pay attention to the lyrics, a combination of the chords and the right vocals can make it sound like a song that conveys beauty – and really, aren’t we all trying to find beauty in the dark places? Smash Into Pieces has managed to do that, hands down.