Lani Ford here and I am stoked to have new music from Shakey Graves as my Lightning 100 DJ pick today. It’s a different sound from one of my favorite artists. Check out “Kids These Days” off The Sleep EP and let us know what you think!
The Sleep EP features two tracks and strays away from Graves’ early days of guitar-drenched power tracks, embracing his changing sound, just slightly straying from his original folk-rock gold that we’ve grown to know and love. “Kids These Days,” the second track on the EP, encompasses this new era of indie-rock sound.
Back in December 2017, Shakey Graves proclaimed on his Twitter page, “Next album. New sound. Sell your suspenders.” The tweet was tongue-in-cheek, but Alejandro Rose-Garcia, the Austin native who’s been plying his trade as Shakey Graves since 2007, was making a dead-serious point about his latest album, Can’t Wake Up (Dualtone, out May 4). This ambitious, audacious work heralds an artistic metamorphosis for the 30-year-old veteran, whose risk-taking in painting outside the lines has been rewarded tenfold. “This record is the most I’ve ever intentionally worked on a project, musically speaking, in terms of the scope of it and how much thought went into it,” he says. “It’s a dense album; there’s a lot of information going on.”
In the meantime, we are lucky enough to have The Sleep EP for a preview of what’s to come. Give “Kids These Days” a listen and let us know what you think!