if you like funk, soul or R&B, you absolutely should listen to Steve Lacy's Demo or at least the song Dark Red. the whole demo is only 13 minutes, so it just flies by and has left me wanting so much more. it's definitely not fully realized since some songs feel like they end a bit early, but the songwriting is absolutely there and is super solid. Dark Red is the standout track, but I absolutely love Thangs and Haterlovin too. must of the songs have this super chill, laidback vibe that, even if I didn't know he was from SoCal, I'd immediately associate with SoCal. might be one of my favorite projects this year, even after only two listens.
oh, and the dude is 18, already has a Grammy nom for his work with The Internet and produced PRIDE. off of Kendrick's album. I think just about everything on the demo is done by him too. keep an eye out for him.
I'm honestly really enjoying the new Tyler, The Creator album. I've always really liked his production since i'm a sucker for anyone who borrows so heavily from the Neptunes and weird production in general, but his shock value juvenile bullshit got old really quick. he basically dropped all of that on this album and it might be one of the most sonically interesting albums I've heard in a long while.
if Brand New doesn't out out a new album, life is worthless and means nothing.
LIFE ISN'T WORTHLESS AFTER ALL.
holy shit, i have so many thoughts about this album and I feel like I would write multiple pages if I went into every single song. But this honestly might be their most complete album, as much as I love TDAG. The whole thing just flows so well and carries a theme of finality that has made me accept that this is their last album. With the amount of different sounds they explore and all of the callbacks to their previous work, this is definitely their final love letter to the scenes that birthed them and the fans that got them to where they are.
The production is just also absolutely amazing and might be Mike Sapone's magnum opus. There are just so many little touches that shouldn't work (absolutely sure that I heard a mandolin and a vibraslap somewhere), but meld seamlessly into the songs. There are some absolutely massive singalong choruses that sit right alongside acoustic numbers pouring with emotion. It all just works so well as an album. There's really not huge single potential on this other than maybe Can't Get It Out (personal favorite song off the whole thing) and Out of Mana, but i'm totally okay with that since it seems that they agonized over the order and the flow considering how fucking good most of the transitions are. This is also the best they've ended an album. The whole build up of the last couple tracks into the emotional gut punch of Batter Up is just amazing.
I love this band more than any other band and this album just cements their place in my life. I went into this with high expectations and they blew every single one of them away. My only, only complaint is that I would have loved a higher energy song like I Am A Nightmare or Mene, but I think something like those would ultimately have not worked as well in the context of the album.