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.
“Rocket” — Slouch Online
How We Found It
Slouch Online slipped into our SubmitHub inbox with a single off his latest album that immediately hits your ear with a sound that separates him. The instrumental for “Rocket” was produced by one of Online’s friends from music school, lukas_eth and the song was mixed and mastered by Connor Barkhouse. When you press play the best thing the track can trigger is your imagination.
Why We Like It
Is there such a thing as inspirational melancholy? It would seem that Slouch Online thinks so on his new single “Rocket.” Trip-hop buzzing key synths and drums that feel like they are muffled through an old vinyl speaker if it was computerized, creates a hazy grain over the track that pulls at your eardrums. The slowed pace and gloomy tone prep you for sinking but when Online sings the hook, “This shit my jam, I don’t got a plan, and yes I’m the man, I do my dance. / Hope everyone’s watching, I’m not an option, I am the only / Yea I made a promise, that shit exhausting, shoot for the comets / So I keep a rocket tucked in my pocket, they cannot stop it, I’m staying honest,” even through an undertone of sadness you internalize his thesis of positive thinking. Online grooves through his dissatisfaction.
The vocal effect of the hook is clever and metaphorical. There are two voices: one pitched-down chopped and screwed style and one that sounds like underwater falsetto — which Online claims is just how his voice sounds singing that high. They are mixed cleanly and sound in perfect alignment, seeming to represent the undercurrent of disappointment beneath the highlighted hopeful outlook. It’s a bit of a, “the world’s fucked up but just keep swimming,” ideal like Online is a Finding Nemo Mac Miller inside a vortex. The cover art for the album this single appears on contains the phrase, “reality is just a mirage.” Online, with the combo of lyrics, vocal delivery, and messaging, seems to be indicating that his true solace exists outside the confines of what his actuality has dictated.
A separatist fantasy gets further pushed in both the singular verse and closing bridge. Online preaches a waved-out sauced-up utopia that’s hard to decipher if he’s trying to reach by actually leaving earth, or just in the confines of his own mind. Either way, the track is a hypnotic daydream that it is easy to relate to the sentiment of.
From Slouch Online
I am trying to express that I’m not so concerned with what already ‘is’ and instead am more concerned with figuring out what ‘isn’t yet.’ I wanna discover. I mean that in the literal sense and in a personal sense. Art and expression is a personal journey and discovery and you shouldn’t inhibit that by trying to fit in. Get lost, find cool shit, be an alien.” — Slouch Online for CentralSauce
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