While I crack down on reports of recent travels, a task that always seems to get out of hand when vacations stretch into the three weeks mark, I felt compelled to post something in the interim. And of course, it’s going to be about music.
This is Raphael Saadiq, or as my brother clued me in, one third of Tony! Toni! Toné! from the old days. He reminds me a lot of the late R&B singer, Sam Cooke, which isn’t surprising, since his style is pretty much pure revivalism, except that now he can be more explicit about the sexual content in his lyrics (though not really here). His videos (see Show Me the Way) even carry on in that vein. With a hint of gospel music, it’s a return to rock n’ roll as something that’s simple and fun though absent the fuzziness of the garage subgenre where simple and fun usually dwells (i.e. The Hives, The White Stripes, etc). Something a little more bluesy, a little more easy going. A little chic. And I wonder how much of that revivalism we owe to daring predecessors like Andre 3000 of Outkast who most famously toyed with it in their song (and video) “Hey Ya”. With others having carried the torch lately — Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and experimentalist Janelle Monae comes to mind — it’s already impacted the sound of black pop music, and from what I can tell, the fashion sense of its young fans.
Anyways, enjoy the tune. More from Dweebcentric after these messages.