By Charlie Maybee
Los Angeles based producer and songwriter, Lorenzo Wood, is merging R&B vibes with a pop-punk energy in his new single “LONELY NIGHTS”.
Starting from within a more contemplative state, the song sits back and lets the rain free fall on our faces. “It’s just another night I’m alone in my bed” he sings to bring in the first verse. He digs into the natural melancholy feel of clean, arpeggiated guitar tones as he laments that it has “Been too damn long it’s all getting to my head”. Though he works to spin some mental positivity, he struggles to uncover a silver lining strong enough to pull him out of his funk. Before we know it, the lyrics and mood begin to spiral as the feelings of loneliness and rage begin to swirl.
There is a clear heel turn when we hear the driving palm mutes of an electric guitar come through as the song shifts gears, moving into pop-punk territory à la artists like Machine Gun Kelly or Travis Barker’s various collaborations. Playing on the way that pop music accumulates elements from its surroundings, we get a nice synthesis of laid-back hip-hop grooves with the more ferocious strumming of a punk lineage. Wood dreams about the person he’ll meet who will light up his life, but ultimately ends up drinking Modelo and pouring another shot while asking himself, “Am I an addict yet?”.
“Fuck that” he declares as the final chorus comes swinging through. He’ll just have to get used to these lonely nights for the time being.
“LONELY NIGHTS” is available on major streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Find this and other great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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