Hi guys! For those who don’t know me my name is Erica Villaran-Love and I am a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School. I used to post poetry on It’s Kind of a _____ Story, but I have decided to to start writing and posting reviews on new albums. Lately I’ve been trying to immerse myself in new sounds. While browsing through Spin magazine’s review section for inspiration, I stumbled upon Trap music. I have to be honest, I’ve never really liked listening to trap. I’ve always found it strange, but then again, the strangest things are usually the best. Rustie, a trap producer, debuted his sophomore album Green Language on August 25th and from the beginning, I have been very impressed.
The Glaswegian producer came to fame in early October of 2011 with his freshman album Glass Swords. I haven’t had the pleasure of listening to his early work yet, but Green Language has made a big impact on me. The first time I listened to the album it threw me off. The upbeat tones, the extreme high and low range of the main vocals were strange and enticing, and the random animal noises seemed to be fitting for each track. Listening to each song made me feel like I was floating on air and partying like crazy, all at the same time. I realize this makes no sense, but the feeling I get from this music (here comes the cliche) is nothing short of indescribable.
The melodic tones are like a mix of hip-hop, funk, and dubstep. From the words of Aaron Frank, a Spin magazine journalist/reviewer, “The record’s title is synonymous with an ancient mystic tradition called the Language of the Birds, which revolves around the idea of human communication with birds through song.” This idea and way of thinking influenced Rustie’s choice of the album title and seemingly, his approach as well. In an interview Rustie explains, “Music is like that for me.” Music is a form of communication that connects the human soul and mind that translates the feelings we feel when listening to certain tracks.”
If you are interested in listening to this album or Rustie’s steeze hit up the links below and check it out or if you want to read up more checkout Spin’s Aaron Frank’s review.
Words by Erica V. Love
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