Photos by Ben Petchel
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.
“Butterfly” Ft. Benji. & My Favorite Color — PK Delay
How We Found It
Pittsburgh artist PK Delay first released “Butterfly” as a short single back in August 2020. After hearing Delay’s verse, the newest member of Spillage Village, Benji., asked if he and My Favorite Color could hop on the beat. After rounding out the full song, it then made its way to our SubmitHub inbox.
Why We Like It
Aptly named, “Butterfly” flitters in and out, stealing your focus with its beautiful, bright, erratic dance… and then it’s gone. Captivated by the chaos that rules the life of something so small, the insect is only a focal point for contemplations on the fragility of life and the forces of chaos we can only ride like the butterfly. The track’s production is like the wind — subtle from the outside, but the butterfly adjusts to every gentle nudge or shift in direction.
PK Delay has made his best effort to divine meaning from the chaos with music. “I watch the days go by / usually I don’t smoke but I been getting high,” he raps. “Take a peek out the blinds / I been looking in the sky / the revolution won’t be televised / the TV telling lies.” The bars anxiously speak on the disconnect between the facade of normal and the air of restless discontent that has seemed to stagnate for the past year. Everywhere you look, we’ve all made our best effort to continue moving as scheduled, but only after being forced to redefine normal. If normalcy is so fragile, then what really is normal, other than a scale we adjust to grasp for satisfaction? The only consistency Delay sees is “Eat, sleep and die.”
As Delay searches for higher meaning, Benji. comes through with his own truth. “Do it how you please but don’t you lie to me / Cus we already lie to ourselves.” The lens we view truth through is also subjected to the lies we tell ourselves. This subjective view of truth is further confounded by the urge to spread dishonesty like wildfire. As Benji. raps, the road to honesty with self is honesty with others.
My Favorite Color rounds out the emcees’ tense contemplations by echoing Delay’s exasperated search for meaning. “Death’s the only reason why I ain’t been living yet. / I’ve been tryna write my wrongs through the penmanship.” There’s the sense that music serves as this metaphorical scratch paper — like life is an algebra test, and you get extra points for showing your work. But as chaos controls the butterfly, those small sentiments can bring powerful changes.
From PK Delay
I think [the rise and fall] gives the listener time to catch all the vibes. Nothing is too hype or ‘too much’ too often. Starts off subtle, then it brings you in closer and you have no choice but to vibe with it.” – PK Delay for CentralSauce
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