Photo: Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez Album Art © Warner Records
Quarantine life has given us all nothing but time to create, some more than others. Just a few days ago, well known virtual British band, Gorillaz, dropped their seventh album “Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez.”
The deluxe version of this feel-good alternative album has a total of seventeen tracks. While it’s not as geared toward hip-hop as their self titled debut, it does have very mellow tones. However, the album does not lack the rap element.
“Pac-Man,” the fourth track of the album features Top Dawg Entertainment artist, ScHoolboy Q. In true Gorillaz fashion, the track mimics the music of the game the title refers to.
Before the album’s release, there were a total of nine singles that were released in anticipation of the project. It was also part of the “Song Machine” project, a collection of songs and music videos featuring different guest artists.
Another prominent track on the album is “Friday 13th” featuring French British rapper Octavian. Octavian’s voice reminds of Ma$e with his rasp flowing along the beat.
Overall, the track has a melody that gives the sense of a dark carousel ride or circus visit. But it works in a way that only the Gorillaz can pull off. They push the musical envelope as they always have.
With its electropop feel and whimsical melodies, the album is great to stay in and listen to during the craziness that this pandemic brings. It has hints of lo-fi beats, which most of us in college know is great to study to—or at least to destress ourselves.
If there was ever a time to listen to an album with smooth beats that are easy on the ears, this is it.
Edited by Alivia Moore & Ryan Michaels