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January 27, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Skinny Dippers

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

This week my ears were lucky enough to strip down and dive into the track “Through Tryin'” by Skinny Dippers.  Though the title seems dire, the music opens quite optimistically.  Cleanly picked guitars wind around the upbeat melody of the bass and tight poppy rhythm of the drums.  Whether the vocals are doubled or not, they partner with the mix beautifully.  Vocals these days are usually more front forward in the mix but these surround your headspace, drawing you into every word.  The lyrics tell a story of someone who is fed up while also honest and relatable.  He speaks of things we all have gone through or are going through currently while using descriptive details that put you there.  It’s not you, it’s me but seriously I’m not good and we’re not good, so hence you cant be good for me.  The tag line is beautiful but solidifies the idea that the storyteller is done putting energy towards this relationship.  “Tryin'” is repeated as the bridge builds towards the finale chorus resembling the frustrating cycle of constantly forcing something that just isn’t healthy for anyone. This reminds the listener, hey in case you forgot, I’m done.  The song slowly untethers to a beautiful acoustic outro chorus that shows the vocals ARE doubled and just as pretty sharing the mix with the one guitar.  Where you may expect it to fade out, a resounding chord with the entire band is our ender.  A very pleasing tune, thank you Skinny Dippers.  Some great content on their Soundcloud as well, give it a spin, clothing optional.

January 27, 2022

The B-Side: Kenith

Usually when artists send us music to consider for the blog they give us some info to go along with it: their story, the song’s story, etc…. Often it can be too much, especially for our blog, where the focus is on short, postcard sized, write ups. Not Kenith though, Kenith sent us a song and only a song and while that might be foolhardy for some, was perfect for “Gifted.” Everything you need to know is in the song itself, a confident flow with just enough throwback flavor to catch the ear and give it a timelessness any true fan of hip-hop can get behind. Eschewing hook line and chorus, this is rap at its purest. Rhythm and lyricism at the highest level, and coming in just shy of two minutes it knows how to rock the party and leave the people wanting more.

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