by Mat Weir
“Have you heard the new Big Grams album?” my buddy, Thomas Dawson, asked from the other room. “It’s the new collaboration from Big Boi and Phantogram.”
Wait, what? I didn’t even hear about this, let alone know it was already out.
When we last left Big Boi–aka ½ of Dirty South hip hop legends, Outkast–he dropped a 2012 solo album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors which also featured the electronic duo, Phantogram.
Apparently the three really enjoyed working with each other because last month they dropped the 7 song, self-titled, full-length.
Big Grams is a curiously infectious album from two equally talented artists, even if their combination might seem strange at first. The psych pop rhythms and spacey beats of Phantogram complement the street knowledge delivered with Big Boi’s signature smooth flow.
The futuristic sound allows the listener to be an introvert, providing an ethereal plane to dive deeply into one’s thoughts and feelings.I haven’t tried it yet, but something tells me this would be a great soundtrack on a long drive in the black of night. Running from the past, heading into a great unknown, guided only by a few twinkling sparks of golden hope. Just like the chorus on the second track, “I hope you keep your lights on for me.”
Check out Big Grams this year at the Treasure Island Festival Oct 17-18
PICK UP YOUR COPY OF BIG GRAMS IN-STORE AT STREETLIGHT RECORDS SANTA CRUZ OR SAN JOSE!
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