Melantronic soul.” What is this?” you may ask. Well, Sunny Gray is about to explain it to you. The London-based artist has just shared the video for his new track ‘Equilibrium’ – a track he says is a “warning chant” for the state of our environment.
“The track is a warning chant, an invitation to raise our awareness and open our eyes and hearts to hear the cry of pain in our world. The word EQUILIBRIUM is not only a very old word coming from Latin, the language of some of my ancestors, representative of my Sardinian roots, it’s also a word that depicts a state in which opposing forces or influences are balanced. I sensed this struggle between the opposites as soon as I landed in the city (London). The artificial entity born from the ashes and the roots of the environment, taking over the latter. I’m feeling we’re slowly but inevitably breaking the harmony between us and mother nature. We’re reaching a point of no return. This song is an invitation to stop, reflect, re-discuss our lives and habits, escape the labyrinth made of gold and greed we’ve built. Equilibrium means balance. Without balance, there is no respect. Without respect, no love exists. Without love, we are no more“
Sunny Gray’s influences are vast and varied. The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, The Clash, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden to R&B/Soul artists with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Jordan Rakei and Sampha and the trip-hop names like Massive Attack and Portishead.
It’s difficult to define him in terms of genre, and perhaps “melantronic soul” cannot be shackled to any one category. We’ll let you decide for yourself. Watch below and catch him live on Sunday, August 4th – Camden Assembly – 49 Chalk Farm Rd, Camden, London.
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