Eddi Aguilar ’s recent single “SunKiss Shawty” presents listeners with a very authentic and raw sounding of hip hop sound. There’s an organic sort of atmosphere to the recording; it comes across as a live performance, a one-take expression of feeling and musicality, giving it this air of freshness that makes you really want to listen and focus in on those riffs and melodies.
The music has the potential to leave you feeling a little like something is missing from your life once the track has stopped. This effect is quite rare, and it’s a great one to have on an audience – inflicting upon listeners this undeniable desire to press play once again. There’s a feeling of safety in the sound, a comforting warmth that surrounds you and tells you about the world – without you having to go out and face it yourself; perhaps one of the more personal reasons why we love music so intensely and need it to be in our lives.
It appears to be the case that the song expresses exactly what the artists felt and intended to express. What we receive as strangers discovering it, is something hugely emotional and raw and real – whether our minds wander to the same place or not is unknown, but the feeling is strong, and that’s where the genuine power lies. The hook section of this song almost hides within the music, but it somehow grabs you nonetheless – it’s not a significant change in melody, there’s just something about this track that hits hard.
In terms of songwriting, Eddi Aguilar has written something that is highly accessible to any number of listeners, whilst at the same time addressing something that appears to be a third-person story about a fairly personal issue. It’s a clever way to write, the storytelling element has been mastered, then you get that unforgettable hook section – followed by the already mentioned stylish soundscape, each and every time – all in all, the song stays with you after just one listen.
This is the music to return to again and again in times of need. These cinematic soundscapes leave no room for you to fret about insignificant issues. It’s a stunning effect, and it bears stating that there really aren’t many artists putting quite this much creativity and energy, and effort into hip-hop releases these days. There’s something about this sound that feels very now, or even beyond now.
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