Don’t Shine – Raz SimoneJanuary 30, 2014
Sorry for the brief break in music, folks. My cat of sixteen years is dying and it’s bumming me out. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Raz Simone has made some pretty amazing music in the past, but this takes his craft to a new level. “Don’t Shine” is filled with the kind of lyrics we’ve come to expect from Simone, dark and gritty. But his pacing is based around a beat that has several movements, keeping things fresh. His rap sections have a conversational tone and his sung sections feature gorgeous harmonies. A dramatic drum section emphasizes the faster sections while a marimba or xylophone line emphasizes the mournful beauty of the song. This song is intense and in your face and intense and quiet by turns. It’s incredibly compelling. Give it a listen!
BONUS: And here’s the video that goes with the song. I’m not really a video critic, but I think this is a good companion to the drama of the song. It does some interesting things with speed, making the world in slow or fast motion while Raz Simone’s lips still move to match the speed of the song. The only color in this predominately black and white video comes when the song moves faster and the frames get distorted. Check it out.