In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form 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.
“Sunset” — Carly and The Universe
How We Found It
Carly and The Universe entered our SubmitHub inbox with a sweet blend of R&B, funk and hip-hop styles. The band consists of singer/songwriter Carly Liza, guitarist and producer Mike Post, bassist Freddy Hernandez, and drummer Cameron Clark. “Sunset” comes to us in anticipation of their upcoming EP, First Contact.
Why We Like It
“Sunset” carries this charm which is impossible to not enjoy and requires no explanation. Yet, I am going to try and explain it. I joke, but I do find it fascinating how Carly and The Universe employ this fun, pop aesthetic rooted in soul and funk. It gives me this feeling of coming home to my mum’s cooking and falling back in love with that hearty familiarity. Simultaneously colourful, bright and calm, “Sunset” is able to borrow ideas from contemporary pop music without feeling derived, in fact it could not be further from that. “Sunset” is about as fresh as newly formed rays of light from the sun.
This simile feels appropriate for the precipice-of-summer feeling which “Sunset” provokes. Just as the song details a short-term relationship coming to an end, our love affairs with summer dissipate too soon at the feet of September, which is captured in the song’s short bursts of energy during the hook and in the latter stages. Much of the track is minimal, with Carly’s voice drifting over guitar riffs in moments appreciated just as much as those where the song shifts gears. In its genreless agility, “Sunset” is able to capture the freedom, fun and sadness of summer.
From Carly and The Universe
We like to think that “Sunset” can be played anytime to have a good time with friends or just to vibe out! Hope the fans like it as much as we do!” – Carly Liza for CentralSauce
More From Carly and The Universe
“Sunset” comes after a nearly three year hiatus for Carly and The Universe, so see how their sound evolved from their last album A Greater Thing. Their new EP is due to drop soon, so follow the band on Twitter and Instagram to catch it.
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