In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are today’s musicians who champion an art form that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“Maybe” (Acoustic) – Adam Dollar$ and Jeremy Clay
How We Found It
Adam Dollar$’ new collaboration with singer Jeremy Clay slid into our inbox at SubmitHub earlier this month. We’re not used to acoustic renditions, particularly of hip-hop tracks, let alone live in-studio recordings with a full band. It’s fair to say, then, that “Maybe (Acoustic Version)” was an outlier from the very moment it arrived, though the track easily set itself apart with its consummate musicianship.
Why We Like It
There’s a sense of poetic justice in seeing this record laid at one Vybe Studios: though a word overused by many, myself included, the mellow cut is nothing if not a vibe. It spotlights the curation of an atmosphere over the outright display of technical mastery: though there’s plenty of technique to be seen, Dollar$ doesn’t push his tongue to needlessly flaunt his game. It’s the measured delivery and patient flow that so wholly sells the convictions within, bridging the tender subject matter with a telling befitting such a heartfelt track.
The accompanying video further sells the lowkey rapport of the session itself, replete with head-nodding, beat-swaying, and other such inaudible endorsements. Clay’s vocals demarcate Dollar$ verses, never overstaying their welcome, and Dollar$ verses complement Clay’s soft-spoken delivery, punctuating his feelings with astute observations and sharp illustrations of contemporary love. The modern references throughout – iceboxes, the President, emojis – further the timeless, universal emotions at play, and having heard my fair share of tracks denigrating technology for its social effects, there’s something particularly sobering about the earnestness here. A love song to love, indeed.
From The Artist
The acoustic process is fun and challenging. Being able to do something outside of the norm for myself always brings a sense of excitement to the art. It’s challenging being that no drums were used for the production. Keeping beat without percussion is not an easy thing” –Adam Dollar$ for CentralSauce (2019)
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