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Son Little

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This record is, in its purest form, American music. The artist formerly known as Aaron Livingston knows his nation and its sounds well. Born to a preacher and a teacher in Los Angeles, where he learned how to listen and how to play before moving east to New York and New Jersey. He dropped in and out of schools and scenes in Manhattan then Philadelphia, and there he collaborated with acts like The Roots and RJD2. He first planted his flag as Son Little with last year’s highly praised EP, Things I Forgot, a small collection of big songs that showcased his ability to hop across genres as well as he does state lines.

The songs on Son Little’s full length teem with small moments creating a bigger picture, a pointillist art piece made from junkyards and viewed from space. Pulling inspiration from the color wheel diaspora of American music, Son Little draws from a deep well, using different buckets to visit and revisit, finding flourishes to add to the core of his songs. There, at the end of “Doctor’s In,” is a roving banjo; there, at the start of “Go Blue Blood Red,” is a keyboard riff culled from a kid’s Blue Man Group keyboard; there, in “Carbon,” is an electric Howlin’ Wolf stomp and start. For Son Little, studio time is a joy, where every good idea leads to four more.

credits

released October 16, 2015

In loving tribute to Ben Austin, Richard Nichols, and Maye Rucker.

Thanks:

The Livingston and Rucker families and all the cousins, aunts and uncles…and my two favorite people on planet earth— Zajahia Rice-Livingston and Senai Earl Makonnen Livingston; Attica Jacques and Gil Grimmett; Michael Gibney, Charlie Raboteau, Martin Raboteau; Nimrod Ben-Reuven, Alec Coiro and Hot Lixx video team; Stephen Greenberg, Jesse Maynard, rjd2, and the Icebird band fam, Ryan Schwabe, Ian Bennett, Rhys and Kat Coiro, the Roots and Okayplayer, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah; Andy Kaulkin and all everyone at Anti/Epitaph Records; Lionel Conway and Mothership Publishing; the folks at Because Music, Tom Windish, Sharyn Goldyn, Ryan Farlow…and my two favorite people on planet earth— Zajahia Rice-Livingston and Senai Earl Makonnen Livingston.

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Son Little Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Son Little's self-titled debut album is nu-soul, not neo-soul, and the distinction is drastic. Little doesn't strive to reproduce his influences; he recombines them into something new.

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Track Name: Lay Down
Baby won’t you lay down.
Let’s watch this water boil.
Let the others run around, just this once.
Lay down with me a moment, let me ease your worried mind.
Lay down and drift a moment, let’s not waste any more of our precious time.
Baby won’t you lay down.
Let’s watch this water boil.
Let the others run around, just this once.
Let your hair down and pull the curtain.
Let me see you in the light.
Just lay down, mere words are worthless.
Let me hold, let me hold you through the night.
Baby won’t you lay down.
Let’s watch this water boil.
Let the others run around-just this once!
Track Name: O Mother
O Mother, why do they treat me like I’m not a man?
I wonder, does anybody know just who I am?
Can I love the world exactly as it is, or do I have to split?
Is there anybody rooting for the kid?
O Mother, is this not the way you want me to behave?
I won’t just set here and let them treat me like a slave.
Can I love the world and hate how it makes me feel?
Cause I don’t wanna kneel.
Is there anyone who’s got my back for real?
O Mother.
I do not think I live here anymore.
I sometimes wonder, is it wrong if I do not want to live at all?
Can I love the world enough to give a spin or am I giving in?
Or do we burn the old one down and start again?
Track Name: Go Blue Blood Red
What’s on your mind you wretched knight?
So cloudy you can’t see.
I’ll dig the words, uncage the birds just so they’ll sing with me.
All your force is spent and I know the time is come, but I don’t know where time went!
One nation under guns, over insufficient funds and rivers run blood red.
And I’m all Go Blue!
And then i’m a Blood Red!
Me and you ain't dead yet.
What fool am I?
Can I describe these moments we have left?
The price is right, all alaline.
You CIAin’t done yet.
You shouldn’t wonder why, there’s no reason to guard what you can’t protect.
Get your ass in line.
And I’m all: Go Blue and then I’m a Blood Red!
Me and you ain't dead yet!
My misfit tribe, my fiery bride, these crooked spanish steps.
My horse, my trees, my brilliant seeds.
These dogs pick up the scent.
We’ve only just begun, and I know the time has come.
But I don’t know where time went.
There’s nothing new under the sun.
Never knew what that meant.
And I’m all Go Blue!
And then i’m a Code Red!
Me and you ain't dead yet.
Track Name: The River
Many a moon come this way at night, many a moon come and shine her light.
Taking her clothes off, it break my mind.
Taking her clothes off, gon' take off mine.
Want you so bad it’s like I’m out of time.
Want you so bad, I had to break your mine.
Gimme your love baby all the time, gimme your love baby you got mine, now.
Walk me to the river darlin!
Rock me in the river darlin!
I (feel you) start to shiver about it!
Walk me to the river darlin!
Most of my friend, now they blow me off.
Most of my friends gone and blown me off.
Can’t really blame them baby: I got lost.
Can’t even blame them baby: I fell off.
Deep in the woods, girl where we get off.
Deep in the woods, girl where we get off.
Run with the wolves, girl I’m never lost.
Run with the wolves, girl I’m never lost, now.
Walk me to the river darlin!
Rock me in the river darlin!
I (feel you) start to shiver about it.
Walk me to the river darlin.
20 to 7 baby, time to rise!
20 to 7 baby, time to rise!
Heart is blazing blue electric fire.
Heart is blazing blue electric fire.
Want you so bad it’s like I’m out of time!
Want you so bad, I had to break your mind.
Gimme your love baby, all your time.
Gimme your love baby, you got mine, now.