Tom Aspaul – Burnt Out

Honestly, this is what the future of pop music should sound like. It’s got a little of everything – a saucy house-pop synth bassline that just melts as it flows by. Crisp, danceable percussion that skips around and kicks you in your ass, begging you to move a little. And a subtle R&B undertone that gives it depth and lots of replay value. And somehow it feels classic and timeless. I think I could have heard this in ’92 and said the same thing about it, thinking it’s the future of pop. Even if this isn’t actually the future of pop, it’s definitely not a bad thing to SOUND like the future of pop.

Tom Aspaul’s whole LEFT EP carries with it this depth. It’s sophisticated and and smart, and compliments certain memories really well, whether good or bad. That’s one of my favorite things about great music. “Burnt Out” makes me think of less happy times with a smile, happy to indulge the thoughts using the music as my security blanket. It’s easy for music to get you riled up in the moment, or to feel sad in the moment. But music with true depth helps you look backwards and come to terms with unresolved thoughts, and also helps you look eagerly into the future. It’s your partner as you traverse rocky territory. That’s true art – a tour guide into self exploration and discovery.

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