In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern 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.
“Pt222” — Brwnsounds
How We Found It
Ohio based emcee and producer Brwnsounds’ latest in a string of singles, “Pt222,” landed in our SubmitHub inbox last week. The track follows up his June album, more_brwn, and his collaboration project with Jay Cinema entitled BrwnCinema. Evidently, Brwnsounds releases at a high frequency without the quality ever dipping an inch.
Why We Like It
The beat switch is a beautiful art that, if not done correctly, can be reduced to an overused trope. A great beat switch should feel like a progression, like the track is evolving before you. Brwnsounds has perfected the ability to take the ground from beneath his listeners and land them in a completely new sonic environment. “Pt222” feels like Brwnsounds is guiding you through his mind, narrating his thoughts while the background blurs, morphs and twists from dark to light and back again.
The lo-fi, cloudy composition of the song’s three instrumentals makes listening akin to recalling a hazy dream where locations, feelings and plotlines intersect and coalesce. We’re introduced to this world through strings that rise to the skies complemented by soft kick drums and Brwnsounds’ deep tones. On top of bars about stress and regret, Brwnsounds taps into the glistening hope of the instrumental, rapping “Anxious for what’s next when God test me / Regardless I’m gone press with all in me / So I can kick back when it’s all ending.”
Kick back he does as the landscape shifts for the first time, drawing us into a land where a vocal sample dominates and a flute flits through the air. After having completed the composition with self-reflective poetry, Brwnsounds transports us to our final destination – a stripped-back environment where storm clouds loom and guitars crash from the sky like bolts of lightning. This particular beat grounds the entire song and fulfills Brwnsounds’ expression. The very nature of “Pt222” is one of conflict, of being pulled in so many different directions by your emotions that it feels like you’re running in circles between joy, grief, peace and destruction. Each time the instrumental shifts a world is shattered and Brwnsounds’ perspective changes filter. Rose tinted eyes never spot the fires that circle you, sunglasses block out the saving grace of light.
Come find me come find me I’m screaming for help / Designing my future with velvet lining broke out of my shell / I know heavens / Dodging demons finding reasons to believe in myself / The change of seasons shoe they treason that leaves have done fell / Looking up but for some reason I feel closer to hell” – Brwnsounds, “Pt222”
It was important for me to showcase different thoughts in different ways surrounding the main concept of reflection. The first part was me reflecting on how I am moving today in this current state of the world, the next part is my reflections of the world, and the last part was me reflecting on my life, so I had to form the track around those ideas.” – Brwnsounds for CentralSauce
More From Brwnsounds
You can follow Brwnsounds on Twitter @brwnsounds to track his musical releases. To catch up on his work to date, be sure to check out his collaboration album with Jay Cinema and his solo project, more_brwn, both linked below.
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