Slightly Stoopid’s Everyday Life, Everyday People drops on July 13, but I find myself with an advance copy of the 13 tracks that comprise their latest offering. I settle in for a delightful romp through the reggae, funk, and rock inspired tunes. I find myself surrounded on all slides by horns, synth, distorted guitars, and the feeling that I need a Pina colada to complete the experience.
The album starts with Glocks—a chill number with a meandering melody that draws you in as it peaks and rolls. I find myself nodding along, appreciating the complex interplay between the instruments as they present themselves; each feeling like an introduction. If this were a sports game, here would be the moment we see each player run on to the field to the cheering crowd. The music has a taste of graham crackers crumbled between careless fingers; tactile and textured.
It moves next to an island inspired beat, and I hear steel drums threaded behind the horns. I can’t help but smile—there is a playfulness to these tracks that makes them feel effortless in their technical precision. By the third track, I find myself dancing along. By the next, I’m checking their tour schedule (July 14th–watch for our coverage of the concert!) I’m drawn into the world they are crafting note by note. They describe in vocals and music a place that I wish I could be—there is sun, summer, steel drums, weed, and happiness.
“If You Want It” featuring Alborosie is the first single off the album. It’s a well balanced offering that delights your ears. Each vocalist finds his place, nestled in the drums and horns creating a song that’s equal parts month and deliciously complex. There is so much going on that it is a treat to the ears—an audio psychedelic painting that changes every time you let it grace your ears.
The album never truly peaks because there are no filler songs present. Each one is as fun as the last and feels like the sort of summer that you hope will never end. My personal favorite tracks are “Punisher” and “Fire Below”. The first feels like someone asked ‘what if folk music and reggae had a baby?” I go back to it several times, enjoying the guitar work as much as the vocals.
“Fire Below” is a reggae song with swaying vocals and instruments that take you on a roller coaster of sound, peaking at the chorus and trailing back down to the verse. It’s a perfect summer beach song that sticks with you long after the last note has faded.
This is absolutely an album to be experienced–from start to finish, it’s an engaging listen that finds new ways to tempt your body to dance along.
Slightly Stoopid – Everyday Life, Everyday People available now on all platforms!