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Atlanta Soundtrack: New from Lil Nas X, Bathe Alone; classic Mary Lou Williams


Lil Nas X & NBA YoungBoy | “Late To Da Occasion (F*CK BET)”

So far as justified beefs go, that is one we will sink our enamel into — particularly when mentioned beefs are served up on a skewer as sharp (and humorous) as this superb pastiche of Shutterstock photos, haphazard greenscreens and early PowerPoint presentation slide results. 

As you’ve most likely surmised from the title: In his newest single, ever-talented and daring 23-year-old Lil Nas X is airing out his fraught relationship with BET, shortly after he was utterly shut out of their awards this yr. The shortage of nominations was odd, on condition that it’s been a banner yr for the Atlanta-born megastar. Final yr, he launched the pink sizzling debut album Montero, which dominated the airwaves with its two chart-topping, Grammy-nominated singles — “Montero (Name Me By Your Title)” and “Trade Child.”

Nonetheless, Lil Nas X and BET’s rocky dynamic didn’t start with, or hinge on, the snub alone. Because the performer defined to Rolling Stone, “My relationship with BET has been painful and strained for fairly a while . . . They did let me carry out on their present final yr, however solely after [I gave] assurances that I used to be not a satanist or satan worshiper and that my efficiency could be applicable for his or her viewers.”

Lil Nas X has performed a vital function in bringing higher, bolder LGBTQ+ visibility to pop music, regularly taking homophobia on head-on, demonstrating savvy on social media specifically, with a patented mixture of braveness, humor and magnificence. He wrote on Twitter that, “i simply really feel like black homosexual ppl need to combat to be seen on this world and even once we make it to the highest mfs attempt to fake we're invisible.”

On June 28, Eve M. Could, a trans teenager, wrote a letter in Teen Vogue expressing gratitude for Lil Nas X and the instance he’s setting for younger individuals: “Even when I had been the one child to be modified by your music and also you simply being you, it nonetheless makes an enormous distinction. However the truth that you try this for lots of of 1000's of children, and possibly hundreds of thousands of younger adults as nicely, makes what you’re doing much more essential,” Could wrote.


Bathe Alone | “Animals & Bushes”

This newest film soundtrack-like dream pop tune harkens again to what Joni Mitchell sang about so many a long time in the past: they paved paradise and put up a parking zone. In its surreal video accompaniment directed by Nic Huey, singer and multi-instrumentalist (drums, guitar, bass) Bailey Crone, aka Bathe Alone, silently makes her approach by means of recognizable Atlanta cityscapes, clad in an animal masks. 

The imagery and sequence of occasions bring to mind how individuals have more and more encroached upon and depleted the pure ecosystems that type wild habitats. And hey, animals taking public transportation like MARTA is definitely not that far-fetched an idea — merely Google “coyotes take the El in Chicago.”

This single clips on the heels of two earlier releases meant to tease out Crone’s still-forthcoming sophomore album, Fall With the Lights Down, set for launch at a still-TBD date this summer season on the Kansas Metropolis-based label The File Machine. These prior outings had been “A long time & Desires” (featured in Atlanta Soundtrack in March) and “Waste It.” Crone’s debut album, Final Appears to be like, got here out simply final yr.


Mary Lou Williams | “The Man I Love”

Watching Mary Lou Williams’ fingers fly throughout the keys on this well-loved Gershwin quantity — our Classic Monitor of the Week — is like watching Gene Kelly or Gregory Hines glide throughout the dance ground or watching Nathan Chen slice throughout an ice rink. Born in Atlanta in 1910, the First Girl of Jazz moved together with her household to Pittsburgh when she was little. A piano prodigy with good pitch, she was already tickling the ivories by the point she may stroll, then performing professionally by age 6. 

However music wasn’t solely a calling to the stage; it could possibly be a way of survival by means of harrowing occasions. An NPR profile of the musician particulars the second Williams realized her skills could possibly be harnessed to persuade her racist White neighbors “to cease throwing bricks into her household’s home by giving them personal concert events.”

Shortly earlier than she reached age 20, Williams had not solely secured a spot as a star performer with Kansas Metropolis “huge band” Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Pleasure, however she was additionally submitting revolutionary preparations for them to play. These inventive and stunning tune constructions would change into a staple of her distinguished profession. Certainly, Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong had been simply a few colleagues within the enterprise in search of out her sensible work. She additionally mentored fellow (although sadly much more broadly identified) jazz legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.

Different highlights: She composed the Zodiac Suite, a 12-piece composition about every astrological signal. She penned an entire liturgical piece for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, often known as Mary Lou’s Mass. She based her personal file label earlier than that was even a factor (particularly for ladies). No shock, then, that the Kennedy Middle in Washington, D.C., holds its annual Mary Lou Williams Girls in Jazz Pageant in honor of her late ladyship.

So, when the world will get chaotic and imply, because it usually does lately, take the time to observe this artist — nicely into the latter portion of her prolonged profession when this live performance was filmed — deftly showcasing a pure mastery of her craft. And take coronary heart the wonderment of somebody with the ability to merely down in entrance of an inanimate object and proceed to elicit magic from it.




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