The only thing I didn’t like about this song is the vulgarity in the sung lyrics by Passion Ward, to me it takes away from the integrity of the meaning of what “A Love Story” is trying to convey. Otherwise, the song works for me. I’d like to hear a version of this without the expletive.
When an artist creates great music, I eagerly await what they do next. I’m a sucker for good concepts and themes in songs, EP’s, and albums, so when someone I like does something that I also enjoy, I’m wanting to eat that up like a box of malasadas. The Freedom Hall collective have done this once again, as James Klynn & Family create V, an album that is based on the film V for Vendetta. While you may see that visually, you’ll have to take a listen to hear how Klynn, Spudd Brown, Passion Ward, and Maleiva Kem put things together, and let me just say that I wouldn’t be posting it here if I wasn’t in favor of the end result.
The album is being made available as a free download, so stream and listen, and then take the experience with you for repeat listens.
If you are a fan of the Nickelodeon cartoon series Avatar or the film that was based on it, The Last Airbender, you’ll know that the storyline is child-friendly but goes beyond child’s play. It’s about a young child with incredible wisdom to move things with the power that he has, but those who feel they know about that power want to control him so they can control it. They want someone else’s power instead of their own. Within the storyline is the realization that the kid may have an old soul, and where does that old soul come from? That has always been the subject of cultural significance, if something that defines a people can truly be passed on from generation to generation and if so, is it always in us? If not part of our DNA, how do we learn it, how much to we learn when we know it has to be learned, and do we shape it to benefit us or is it more about bringing everyone from the past towards whatever the future has in store? I know this because my nephew was a huge fan of the cartoon series, and with it being true to a number of Asian philosophies and cultural beliefs through metaphors, I loved what it said and wanted to teach to its viewers.
That concept has been put into music with James Klynn and his musical family, and together as Freedom Hall, they have showed the power of good, friendship and unity and how that fight for it is perhaps the one thing that unifies us across the world. Some don’t see it that way, but the fight is to show why that thought process is worthy of that fight. That is what makes up the 5-song album known as The Avatar, a set of music that shows hints of the future with flashes of the past, in order to provide guidance on what we need to do today. Balancing hip-hop and soul in a manner that is respectable to both, it’s songs that help to define and redefine Freedom Hall’s mission, which in turn questions why not many are doing the same thing. It moves you to think of the music and your own stance on life, where you are, and maybe where you should be. Music is best when it makes an investment in the mind, and when the mind invests in the music. The Avatar sinks in because it knows it belongs there, bringing out what may be in your consciousness, or what your consciousness has already been longing for
The FreedomHall collective have become more active in the last few months, and if you haven’t paid attention to them or as to why this activity exists, it’s still a good time to discover why. You can begin here with two new tracks from the collective.
Spudd Brown and Scumbagsini have put together a track that sounds like mindbending soul, taken to outer space with a prompt from Andre 3000 or Bilal coordinates, but maintained by the seductive vocals of Passion Ward. It’s out of this world, it’s a trip, it’ll make you go “can soul music sound this trippy yet still sound so down to Earth?” That’s the art of music from the soul.
Jessica Stackpoole is described as “a singer, Songwriter, Poet, Painter & adventure seeker”, and in “Real Poetry” she may remind some of Ambersunshower’s time with Groove Garden and the songs “You’re Not Coming Home” and “Lovers In The Daze”, where it’s vocalized spoken word mixture. Add this with a trumpet solo from James De Luca and one can imagine themselves walking into a park and somehow finding themselves in a large metropolis while breathing in the good elements as they ignore everything that’s bad. It also has a nice “Sunflower” T. Blue vibe a la Erykah Badu, but placed into a new filter to go somewhere else.
Both are available as a free download.
James Klynn of the Freedom Hall collective has released a brand new song called “I’ll Think Of You”, where he takes a song source of sympathy, turns it inside out and reveals it as something romantic. I love the feel, because at first it begins like a movie, then like a record that you might have discovered at a thrift store or yard sale, before it hits hard with the ol’ boom bap. The line “yesterday’s paper/not relevant in these skyscrapers” stands out for me, and I think the lyrics stand out because they’re… well, written. It’s effort, it’s thought, it’s motivation, it’s ambition, it’s a song that isn’t done just for the sake of making something that’ll sound dope. For me, it’s a bit more and I hope that “more” is what brings people into hearing more from Klynn.