Google Play Music auto-recommendations hit another home run for me with Seramic’s I Got You. From the moment I hit play I knew it was set. The way it opens with a filter that slowly uncovers into silence to drop full into an instrumental version of the chorus is glory.
The it rolls on for another golden 15 minutes.
The way they used the vocal sample on the opener “I Got You,” reminds me of something that would have been made by Outkast. The whole song is gorgeous. The choice of instruments and arrangement is so good. The way it builds tension in the verses then releases in the chorus is magnificent. “Greg’s Love” is absurdly funky.
My favorite song on the project is “Same Mistakes.” The production is so good. It is instantly familiar, reminding me of NAO and “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” but distinct from its counterpoints. The variety of sounds and the way they all come together is fantastic. The vocal samples in the beginning along with the drums is nasty. The change in the third verse is butter, maybe some apple butter because they put their foot into this song. It is transcendent.
The last song on the album, “Trying,” pays off all the gospel hints throughout the project with a full blown choir. The minutes of buildup are worth it. When everything finally comes in, WOOH. My only real problem, which is really minor, is that it seems to end way too abruptly. It felt like it needed another thirty seconds to let everything die down so that it didn’t feel like there was something missing. The one thing I would have done differently was use the filter to end it then tie it back to the beginning of the project in some way. So the decision of using the filter on the first song was tied to the end of the last song.
All in all though check this out. It is a good way to spend fifteen minutes and to listen to some really good music.
by Addison Garry