Amongst the many “Hope Above Adversity” candidates out there right now in this odd neorama we all call an “experience” the musician DYLAN CARTLIDGE must rank high on the “ludicrously optimistic” scale. His brightly sparkling new single “Yellow Brick Road” – produced by James Dring (Jamie T, Gorillaz) sets the tone for his version of a much better 2020 – with further sanguine and positively unfazed singles yet to come.
The funky-trippy, rap-soul, Stoke-on-Trent (England) multi-instrumentalist’s first ever song written in a “big fancy studio…” turned-out to be “about the juxtaposition of dreams & expectations.”
“It’s about how fear and self-sabotage can dump the weight of the world on your shoulders in your most hard-earned moments...” says Dylan.
And he adds, “But it’s also about how overcoming all of this can be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other and stepping into the unknown.”
“Yellow Brick Road” (visualizer shared below) has smeared and bleached out organ slices, gummy bass notes, funk-rock squidginess, speedy vocal execution and lots of psyched-out and, if anything, slightly bemused hippiness.
It’s as if Bootsy Collins had worked with keyboardist Bernie Worrell on a rap-rock song with Anthony Kiedis and they’d showcased it an electro-funk disco-expo for the bosses of Chess Records. Um, yes, it’s extraordinary. Very redolent. Very escapist.