Steve Lacy’s Demo is one of the most exciting releases to come out of the West Coast in quite some time.
No, he’s not Anderson .Paak, or Frank Ocean, or Kendrick Lamar – Lacy is an 18-year-old kid fresh out high school, who has embraced the musical styling’s of the California music culture he grew up surrounded by. You may know his past work as a member of The Internet, but don’t be confused, Steve Lacy’s Demo is just that, his.
The six-track release is rich in sound, with reverb-ridden guitar riffs being guided by the teenager’s capable voice – which has clearly been influenced by his California contemporaries .Paak and Ocean.
While there may only be six tracks to choose from, each is strong and unique. “Dark Red”, a track reminiscent of Channel Orange, sees Lacy trying to save a doomed relationship. “What if she’s fine, it’s my mind that’s wrong, and I just let bad thoughts, linger for far too long” he sings. Opening track “Looks” is funky as hell, and fully allows Lacy to show off his musical talents. “Thangs”, on the other hand, is slower, and sees the young man attempting to entice a potential love interest.
Steve Lacy may have broken onto the music scene with The Internet, but he is quickly making a name for himself. Steve Lacy’s Demo gives listeners six tracks, all of which allow the young Lacy to shine. This release should have you salivating over the idea of an impending full length release from the Californian. Oh, and it was all recorded and produced on an iPhone…
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