Steve Lacy - Apollo XXI
The Internetâs Steve Lacy has released a soul-filled and groovy second project under the title Apollo XXI. The second track on the album is a nine-minute musical journey with the catchy refrain âhow many out there just like meâ, full of panning ambient vocals and a mellow guitar solo halfway through. The track appears to be over at both the five-minute and eight-minute mark but transitions into something worthy of entirely separate tracks, the first with spacey pads and a dark Moog-style bass, and the second featuring a lo-fi drum beat and more mellow guitar chords. Basement Jack is a high energy track with bouncy drums and more catchy vocal delivery from Lacy. This is followed by Guide, which features one of the funkiest basslines on the entire album, over a soprano vocal performance. Love 2 Fast has a different sound than most tracks on the album, and sounds like it belongs on a Beatles b-side record, with a fuzzy guitar solo that would make Jimi Hendrix proud. The album ends with a track featuring a relaxed-delivery rap verse from Lacy that fades into a soulful slow jam titled 4ever, a fitting end to the project. â
Author: Frank McLaughlin
"Outside of the working world, music is something I invest a lot of time in, in more ways than one. I could spend hours on my SoundCloud timeline, Apple Music, or YouTube discovering new artists to listen to and enjoy. I have channeled this love into brief music reviews that can be found in the appropriate part of this website, and more recently, the First State Studios website. I have also begun to produce music myself, learning the ins and outs of Ableton, Serum, Audacity, and other necessary software, and it still remains one of my favorite ways to spend my free time. It has sparked a love for learning new technologies and software and is something I hope to continue to grow with. I feel that my lifelong interest in the technical side of creative arts combined with my newfound analytical knowledge combine perfectly to serve me well in the marketing and advertising realm."