michael casper – black lipstick

michael casper blew me away on “teenage apathy” and he delivers again on “black lipstick”. It’s a brand new single that fleshes out his sound to make him feel like a sage of r&b. Every line he delivers is hypnotic and puts you in a trance state where you’re totally engrossed in the world he’s creating. His sound might be laidback but his lyrics feel like high stakes with lines like “if I die today, just know I was thinking ’bout you.” You can really feel the intensity of the emotions and I love how he pulls it off with vocals that might be sung but you can feel some rap influence (I get hints of late Mac Miller with a dark twist but that might just be me).

The concept of codependence of this track is interesting. It makes me think about how we rely on others to fulfill our innermost desires. It’s so easy to get lost in fascination with another person and pursue the high they give you. We’re social creatures by nature who pursue dopamine and serotonin and the easiest way to get it is affection from someone else. It takes practice and the pursuit of self discovery to not let other humans dominate your thoughts and feelings. I might be thinking about this the rest of the day and am fortunate to have music like “black lipstick” that makes me consider life beyond its run time.

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