Their rendition of the haunting folk song features all five Pentatonix members switching off solo lines, which are accentuated by the gorgeous backing harmonies the group is known for. At times the echoing melodic accompaniment almost sounds like raindrops.
The remarkable cover hits a sweeping crescendo as the track reaches the dark, ruminating, emphatic lyrics “And the people bowed and prayed/To the neon god they made …” Overall, Pentatonix brings a notably different, powerful energy to the classic track.
In contrast, the original song bears a somber, almost sorrowful quality. Overall, Simon & Garfunkel’s rendition is much softer as the iconic duo’s own original harmonies shimmer with their instantly-recognizable signature sound. The original version of “The Sound of Silence” was originally titled “The Sounds of Silence” and the track made Rolling Stone’s ranking of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, coming in at No. 157.
Pentatonix is currently comprised of Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee. The group released two albums in 2018. The first was entirely filled with covers and called PTX Presents: Top Pop, Vol. 1. The record contains the group’s renditions of huge pop songs including “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, “Issues” by Julia Michaels, “Havana” by Camila Cabello and more. The second was their seventh studio album and third holiday album called Christmas is Here!
Pentaonix toured to support the Christmas album last year and is touring on Pentatonix: The World Tour in 2019 with special guest Rachel Platten, including an AXS-ticketed stop at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 6. Grab tickets from AXS here.