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Grace Mitchell – Now

Grace Mitchell straddles boundaries of sonics and style across time and space without invoking the vapidness that inevitably comes from rehashing a foregone era’s artistic approach; she has the aesthetic of a Woodstock-era rock star alongside a grungy musical ethos, yet I don’t sense pastiche in her that I feel in so many others. That’s likely owed to her ability to filter various modes through the lens of off-kilter pop music that always manages to find itself at an infectious conclusion, one that I can’t imagine another artist in 2017 reaching with such precision.

“Now” is an illustration of her natural versatility as she transitions from quirky pop-rock to an arena-rock cadence before suddenly shifting gears into utterly anthemic pop vocals that send chills down my spine with every listen. Combined with a music video that alternates between Brady Bunch vibes and modern pop sensualité, I’m fascinated by the timelessness she conveys. I’m not usually one to make brash declarations, but her delving into the past just might be a vision for the future.

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Grace Mitchell – Kids (Ain’t All Right)

This is the type of refreshing, exciting, listen-more-than-onceable song that I want to hear. Sure, the Nirvana comparisons are inevitable, but Grace Mitchell does it so well and with more than enough of her own swag, that the result is simply one fantastic song. And one super exciting new artist to place our attention upon. Grace oozes confidence on record and in image/picture, the kind that gets you exactly where you want to go. And i don’t even think she’s 20 yet. Again – this is exactly the type of (rare) thing that gets me super excited about music these days. If this song doesn’t end up blowing up, I’m sure the smash is already in the queue.

Though I do disagree about one thing – the kids actually might be just fine. As wayward as young millennials may seem sometimes, there’s some serious promise there. For one, they’ve been born and raised to question everything. You simply cannot fool them, you’ll get called out immediately for anything that doesn’t fit. This is great in the sense that they see through the bullshit, and as the bullshit continues to pile up in the country and world, we need a generation of people who can cut right through it.

They’ve also been knocked for seeming entitled and arrogant, but those are perfect traits for this day and age. Arrogance can easily translate to confidence, and we sure as hell don’t need a bunch of timid kids growing into timid adults as we approach these unpredictable times ahead. We need people that know where they belong, and plan on getting there regardless of what stands in their path. Just like young Grace Mitchell. Anyone that rises to the top of anything believed they were #1 long before anyone even knew they were in contention. If we have a bunch of young adults that expect nothing less than success, maybe they’ll end up teaching us all how to get there without all the hemming and hawing.

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