Saturdays with Steve: TLNTD | Fall ft. Kiyah Mitchell
This track is a refreshing response to contemporary trap, Nu-R&B, and mumble core. While the beginning is reminiscent of the Weeknd, some beat alterations and dynamic changes give us something new. It’s a unique style, with some great-sounding vocals/verses to justify its aberrations. The balance between smooth urban vocals and slight edge gives way to a gratifying listening experience. The lyrical content and song length are a drawback, however.
“Look at me, look at me/Look how far I’ve come/I stopped getting high/but I still smoke sometimes/That still counts right/I only lie(?) to my mother when my head’s above water…”
The lyrics have a juvenile quality to them. I imagine a 15 year-old typing this into his smartphone and considering it inspiring. TLNTD is around 26, however. His website has the following definition splayed across the top of his bio:
” Artist [ahr-tist]: a person whose work exhibits exceptional skill whose work is of the performing arts.”
It goes on to read how his quest to “share his music with the world” was very important and filled with art inspiration.
The sound and quality of the music/beat is great, I would not consider this art or poetry though.
The music is what it is, fun and entertaining. There’s nothing wrong with that, but as Kendrick Lamar states: “Be humble.”
Fun and entertaining, could’ve been longer.
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