I’m a big fan of originality. Music that sounds innovative is so rare in these times of incestuous sample flipping and unoriginal chord progressions. All art is lifted from some other place of influence but putting a personal flip on top is crucial to stand out. Scrolling through Soundcloud I was pleasantly surprised to find Calvin Holmes song “BOYFRIEND/WASTEMYTIME”. The song starts off with a consistent hi hat sound and electric guitar that resides right below the percussion, glueing the song together. Switching up into the “WASTEMYTIME” section of the song around the 2:30 mark it becomes a hazy ode to a girl who Calvin knows will ultimately waste his time. But because he is lonely (and he knows she is too), it will be a mutually agreed upon outcome.
The incorporation of an Alternative Rock sound to a Hip-Hop aesthetic makes this songs palette incredibly diverse, the switch up keeps the listener on their toes. I’ll be interested to hear more from Oak Park’s Calvin Holmes since this is the first i’ve heard of his music.