Araless: Something About You
Araless recently hosted the listening party for the sultry yet poignantly ethereal, summer sounds EP aptly titled: Something About You: Spring. The 6 song record is the first installment of a a two part project, with part two slated for an August release.
Araless, who is most known as one of Seattle's best MC's, be it under his main stay solo-title; Araless, or with one of his two Hip-Hop groups, Black Magic Noize (BMN) or Punch-a-Cop.
In 2017, we were given a peak into the artist's new sound developing, (Though his project, as the lead singer of the 8 piece rock/funk band: Araless and the Greater Good, may have been a sign some new styles were developing) with the release of the shimmy-prone lead single: "Intertwine", though not to the knowledge to lead to the accompaniment of a themed project, but now, has developed into a lucky surprise.
Held at Capital Hill's Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, the vibe was all set right, complete with an island-themed buffet, featuring jerk chicken skewers, sweet plantains, mushroom and onion infused turkey meatballs, mango salsa/salad, and a array of sweet and savory chutneys to chose from. The 6 song collection, produced by "OK", mixed and mastered by Lucy Christo and D- Sane, in respective order, invites us in for a sweet audio paradise, a thousand miles from any cloud, with summer anthem jams to last all summer long. The Araless curated event, also included an exclusive viewing, ahead of the Monday premiere of the video for the project's love of unique self inspired single, "Amplitude".
In the span of a 6 song appearance, Araless, effortlessly moves through styles of funk, synth pop, classic quartet style RnB soul and even features a rap verse tricking you into a 3rd collaborator, on the Falon Sierra assisted track, titled "They Talk About". Synth and soul have found a home in the mysterious, yet airy toned "Coming Back to You" as he effortlessly glides through the lines "You're my coordinates/ my true north/ always my destination/. . . I might not come when you call/ but I'm always on time."
The song, "Jamais" induces an immediate groove, with its quick, bubbly flow and perfectly crafted pop refrains and hook. Peppered with fun, playful lyrics, this pop blockbuster is an instant party starter, and sends everyone into a dancing frenzy. Araless' Something About You is his first solo release of primary sung material and has us all hoping it won't be his last. Something About You is a stand out record, bursting with positive, light feels that are instantly infectious and invite everyone in for an unforgettable experience.
Araless' smooth blue eyed soul is all of amazing, perfectly mixed with sometimes, funky, sometimes, etherial, but always summer time feel good, pina colada kind of vibes.
Something About You is a sweet gold mine, on a mission to bring in papaya season like no other. With it's rhythmic smooth, wavy synth production it is the perfect start to this year's hottest poolside parties.