It was in 2011 that American a cappella group Pentatonix (PTX) shot to fame. The group won the 3rd season of NBC’s The Sing-Off, revealing their amazing talents to the world in the process.
With a $200,000 prize fund in their pockets and a recording contract with Sony Music, it was obvious that the group weren’t going to be another flash in the pan.
As it happens, they definitely weren’t. They’ve moved from strength to strength since, proving that they’re capable of wowing the music scene for a long time yet. Perhaps it’s the cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s iconic classic ‘sound of silence’that truly pays testament to their ability.
A thousand groups and one have attempted their hand at covering the song, however not many do as such in a way that leaves crowds speechless. Obviously, PTX aren’t only any standard band, and they by one way or another figured out how to weave five voices to get the best out of a melody composed for two …
The line-up, presently consisting of Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, Scott Hoying and Matt Sallee, is bursting at the seams with talent. Anybody questioning that need look no further than the song beneath.
It’s not only their voices that take PTX to the next level, but rather the intricate way in which they’re able to complement each other’s styles. Beatboxing, riffing, percussion, and basslines come together to create a tapestry of vocals as endearing as it is irresistible.
Bear in mind that creating a buzz around a cover of “The Sound of Silence” is no easy thing to accomplish these days. Disturbed’s heavy metal cover became a viral hit for its totally different spin on the classic, while a multitude of talented performers and bands have tried to do the same thing.
When it comes to PTX’s rendition, however, I think it’s fair to say they’ve managed to do what not many can: give us a cover that is truly refreshing.
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