Friday, March 23, 2012

New Soul

I don't say this very often, but when I do - man, do I mean it. They just don't make them like this anymore. And so upon hearing this breathtaking bluesy rock arrangement from London-based, Ugandan born artist Michael Kiwunaka, my week has been made. I have little to no doubt his soulfulness is going to go very, very far in a seemingly dusty genre.

Put together by Kiwunaka and his new pal, Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, this new B-side track has so much rich originality and uniqueness while still managing to toss back to the familiar balladry of Van Morrison and The Band. If I could, I would peel down the car windows and set out down a sun-stained highway with this one blaring; those soul-searching piano keys, wailing piano and gospel croons are just the perfect background to any coming-of-age experience. Named BBC's new sound of 2012, Kiwunaka's Bill Withers-style homecooked music is exactly what the new age of music needs. Because they really, really do not make them like this any more.

"Just you live your everyday like you're running out of time/ Say the things you say, don't leave everything behind/ Try to find new somethings that won't fade away in time/ These are things I'll always see on your side."


  1. I really love his music too. It's like spiritual and soulful at the same time and he has a beautiful voice and a wonderful message. Just love it all.

  2. Totally agree! There isn't much like this out there.