So, a few weeks ago I sat down to write up Triple J’s latest EP, Of Mics and Men. You read that right, a f e w w e e k s ago! But a funny thing happened on the way to the internets: I realized that after a good page and half of text, I was just typing to read my own words. I mean, those of you that follow our little outfit here (much love!) probably know that I tend to be wordy, but this time I was outta control! So, I pushed the laptop away, and decided it was best to take five…or fifteen…whatever.
Here’s the problem, though: I really like Of Mics and Men. It’s to the point where I feel guilty for not sharing it with y’all, and not just because their PR guy is persistent (good lookin’ out, Matthew). You might have already heard it, or seen it on other blogs – and rightly so! – but just because I couldn’t get out of my own way on the keyboard doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get the chance to cop some damn fine – and free – work.
See, I was gonna tell y’all all about it. I wrote a lot about Triple J’s passion, and how you can feel it coming through the speakers/headphones with every well-crafted line. I was gonna tell y’all how this 18 year-old rapper from the suburbs of NYC kind of reminds me of Pharrell (the N*E*R*D frontman, not the hook-singing popstar producer); and not just because he’s also part of rock/rap group (called The Band Eclypse, who just released their first EP by the way, available here and here), but because the energy he gives off is almost palpable.
I was gonna tell y’all how, despite his young age, J’s themes about reaching for, and achieving, dreams are refreshing and believable. (I was also gonna point out the irony in the EP name, since “Of Mice and Men” was all about a shattered dream, but then I was gonna digress.) I also wrote how I thought that the sky really is the limit for this guy, and that I think he has crossover appeal, without having that thing that alienates underground heads – or at least this ‘ol backpacker.
I was gonna tell y’all all of this, only surrounded by so many words that you might not have read it. Maybe you would have, but it might have taken you a week. Of course, that would be better than the three weeks its taken me to get this posted…fml. Without further adieu…no, really…cop Of Mics and Men. Seriously, what are you waiting for?