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Mt. Marcy ‘You Should Be Here’

Olivia here. On Sunday I went for a long walk through the woods and came across some horses in a field. Usually I would pack a carrot or something similar in my bag in case I meet some equine friends on my travels, but I’d forgotten this time – I tried picking some grass for them but they blew it away with their powerful nostrils whenever I tried to feed it to them. The person I was with remarked that I always seem to find animals wherever I go, and whilst it’s not exactly unusual to find horses in a field, I know what he means. Yesterday I went for an evening walk around the block, and met a little cat; a little calico with a pink collar. I’ve always liked calicos – or tortoise-shells if you prefer – because they look a bit like a raggedy doll, all jumbled up odd parts. They are actually seen as omens of good luck in the Japan and the US; within the latter they are sometimes referred to as ‘money cats’. I stopped to pet the cat for a bit and it responded by licking my hand; a rare sign of friendship from a creature known for its standoffish behaviour. The little calico ended up following me down the street for a good two minutes, trotting alongside me (which led to some strange looks at me and my companion from oncoming pedestrians). As lovely as it was, I’m kind of wishing that I knew about Mt. Marcy yesterday, as his latest track ‘You Should Be Here‘, is the perfect song to listen to on a walk and get lost in. The man behind the project, Jack Follansbee had found himself uninspired by the world of electronic music when he decided to venture into the world of lo-fi beat making, using J Dilla style samples with fuzzy percussion to create an ethereal sound world. Whilst short, ‘You Should Be Here‘ takes the listener on a journey, as detuned synths, bouncy keys and shuffling beats are layered one by one, creating a feeling of movement and fluidity throughout the track. RnB inspired keyboard riffs hark back to the music of the early 90’s, whilst the grungy production keeps the music sounding fresh and current, playing on the trend for nostalgia in modern pop culture. With one foot in the past and one firmly in the future, it looks like lo fi hip hop could well be the sound of 2017.

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