NYC Artist, Gideon King & City Blog, has taken on the battle of tackling the nitty-gritty lifestyle of New Yorkers that becomes subconsciously encoded within human beings throughout his upcoming album release, ‘Upscale Madhouse’. Between trances of busyness, universal grit, ambiguity and tension, life in New York is not cut out for everybody. We grabbed an early copy of the release: here’s our track-by-track thoughts.
Kicking off with the first track, “Going Straight to Hell”, euphoric atmospheric instrumentals ease their way into the hearts of listeners and lead into soft vocals that lyrically highlight the lives that we carefully craft on the internet in comparison to the day-to-day lives that we truly live. The second and title track, “Upscale Madhouse”, slows it down with a mesmerizing acoustic opening that swiftly shifts into Gideon King’s lyrical portrayal of the soul that is robbed from individuals living in NYC as they succumb to sharing a tough exterior and hide what is truly swirling around within. The third track, “Broken & Beautiful”, puts Gideon King’s songwriting abilities on the forefront as he lyrically tackles paths that bear many crossroads and how life in NYC tests an individual’s mettle and can either influence the opening or closing of an individual’s heart.
“Fake it on Facebook” is the fourth track that picks up the pace with Jazzy instrumentals that lead into a bold lyrical proclamation of how social media can serve to deter an individual from their highest self and in turn distract them from living out as they truly are at their core. The fifth track, “Love You Love You”, lyrically speaks of how a lover is running Gideon King in circles as his heart is becoming tired of having to chase around the woman of his dreams. “For Your Own Sake” is the seventh track that showcases Gideon King’s steady maturation as a musician as piano keys soothe a listener’s mind and turn into a beautiful ode to love between both male and female vocals. The eighth track, “So Evolved”, features enrapturing feminine vocals that lyrically bounce between city slang and soul and showcase the roots of being human which is a topic that Gideon King intended to share with the world through this release. Closing out with “Look Ma No Hands”, manic musings from Gideon’s mind initially come to the forefront and lead into an Americana instrumental that speaks of his intent to both recognize and overcome his darkness.
Having developed the ability to derive respect from music lovers both wizened and young, Gideon King is an example of an individual who has cultivated fortitude in the eye of life’s fire. If you’re a fan of a mixture of fellow musicians such as Steely Dan, Something Corporate and John Mayer, then keep an eye out for the road ahead for Gideon King & City Blog on Soundcloud and grab your copy of ‘Upscale Madhouse’ on August 10th, 2018.
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