In July of 2018, Peruvian (who resides in Alabama now) singer/songwriter Brown Kid released his first EP (but not his first album). The talented artist with folk sensibilities already had two LPs under his belt before releasing Rusty Strings, a six-song EP with an eclectic feel.
This is one of those albums that allows for something to be said about each song. So, let’s take a look at what I thought of the six tracks that make up Rusty Strings.
The album opens with “Welcome to My Funeral.” The intro to this song interlaces church bells with the strumming of an acoustic guitar. As you’d imagine, this song has some undertones about death - who you remember, who you don’t, how things change when you die. I like that the lyrics cover the fact that even people that hated you seem to “like” you all of a sudden once you’re gone.
For a song about a funeral, the track has a dancy tone to it. It’s a vibe a little unfitting for the lyrics but also keeps you from wanting to slit your lists (so that’s a good thing).
“La Farra” has a bit of a reggae sound to it, but it also continues to sound similar to the first track. The rhythm of the guitar is similar to the first song—it’s the lyrics that make the songs stand out from one another.
“Hole In the Wall” is one of my favorite tracks on this EP. It has a bit of an alternative rock feel to the lyrics and to the music when the singer is actually singing. The rest of the time the song is filled in with some simple guitar licks that keep it sounding like a folkish tune.
Just with those three tracks, you get the feeling the Brown Kid likes an eclectic array of music, and it shows in his own tunes.
“Jaimacamecrazy” is another song that expresses the singer’s interest in reggae. In this song, he sings about reggae but also lets it inspire the sounds of the song. I love the lyrics to this song, like “ain’t nothing but a little bit of liquid sunshine,” to describe a rainy day. As a poet, this line really spoke to me.
There’s also some rapping in this track. It doesn’t take away from the song. Instead, it adds a little something extra that makes this an even more unique track.
The title track, “Rusty Strings,” has some delightful hand drums in the intro (something that always attracts me to a song). This is the one track that truly embraces the folk, jam band “feel.” It blends some interesting sounds in the song too (You really just need to listen to it yourself).
The final track is “Complacency.” From the first notes, this song really stands out. It’s a track that makes you want to listen and pay attention. I liked the singer's vocals the most on this track. It has such a relaxing and laid back beat. You just want to chill and listen.
This is a great EP. Anyone that digs some singer/songwriter jams with an eclectic edge will be able to get into these tracks. You can learn more about Brown Kid, and possibly check out some of his music, at his website and on Facebook.
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