On Tyler, The Creator's recent 2019 album, IGOR, he pushed the boundaries of his creativity to new levels. As Tyler croons and raps about his broken heart throughout the project, he also experiments with intriguing instrumentals, flows, and features. The most popular song on the album and this week's picnic track is, EARFQUAKE. After the intro track, EARFQUAKE sets the tone of the album with Tyler, The Creator's melodic approach to expressing his feelings. In the song, Tyler sings about not wanting his lover to leave; it gets to the point where he is begging.
"Oh, you make my earth quake (Earthquake, ooh) / Riding around, your love be shakin’ me up / And it's making my heart break / Don't leave, it's my fault / Don't leave, it's my fault."
Tyler, The Creator's tortured vocals mixed with Charlie Wilson and Dev Hyne's soulful background singing make the lyrics resonate perfectly. Additionally, listeners are given a treat with a surprise Playboi Carti feature in the middle of the song that works like a charm. Anyway, the subject matter of the song seems too somber for a picnic setting. But, the song's beat makes up for this. Tyler produced the intricate instrumental for EARFQUAKE, which only further proves how talented of a musician he is. The glittering piano keys, trippy synth chords, and rhythmic percussion make for a psychedelic neo-soul jam that fits perfectly in the picnic playlist.
Overall, EARFQUAKE is a healthy blend of Tyler, The Creator's pop music elements from his Flower Boy album and his experimental tendencies. For this reason, EARFQUAKE is one of the best songs of 2019 and a great track selection for a picnic on a summer day.
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About The Curator - Mussie Fitsum
I am a student at the University of Maryland, College Park where I am studying Criminal Justice and Criminology with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. After college, I want to get my law degree and practice criminal law. I am also a big music lover that listens to r&b, hip-hop, rock, reggae, and pop. But, I am also trying to expand my taste in music as much as I can to appreciate the different amount of genres out there. I also started a music blog in August 2018; so if you like reading interesting takes on music and concert opinions, then give it a glance.
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