With their spoken word, futuristic funk and revolutionary politics, few artists understand how to get you dancing and thinking the way Farees does on “Bad Apples.”
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SSometimes the most important messages are delivered over a bassline that will stay etched in your memory forever. The kind of deep, bone-shattering melody feels like it’s your heartstrings stretching over those 24 frets. A rhythm so pure that you can’t help but get up and move like possessed. But while it’s the bass line that got you moving, it’s the lyrics that permeate your self-awareness, dig deep and reshape your world.
we would like to point out very expressly that
nothing changes if nothing changes
but everything changes if something changes
now look at this
With its spoken word, futuristic funk and revolutionary politics, few artists understand how to do this like Farees. Atwood Magazine is proud to present the first single, “bad applesfrom his next album blind vision. The prolific multi-instrumentalist and producer has always approached his work, whether with bands Tinariwen and Terakaft or the magnificent Mississippi to the Sahara album under the Faris name, with a deep understanding of his place in the musical landscape. His career is marked by his incendiary sense of justice and the road traveled towards his ideal society. As the lead single from his new album, it’s a perfect manifesto for the world he intends to build upon. Blind vision.
“Bad Apples” sounds like James Brown built a robot, or Sly and the Family Stone finally broke. It’s not angry, but energetic; like Thundercat on a mission. Farees’ career has been a shuffler of his record collection, which is delightful to the ears.
But sound is only half of the equation. You don’t have to dig too long on the Farees website to see the passionate opinions worn on its stylish sleeve. The “Maneefesto” section of his site is full of mind-blowing ideas, while the FAQ covers everything from boycotts to racial identity. Farees wants a better world and pursues it today. “I am radical and revolutionary, says Farees, but realistic. I think of the world as it is. This approach is all over “Bad Apples”, with him presenting his idealized view of the world from the opening:
We’d like to get into a thing called BAD APPLES
and talk about some people.
The main theme being:
If the whole tree is poisoned,
I won’t bite into an apple to see if it’s the right one.
Through the nearly six-minute tracks, feelings like this resonate throughout. It covers everything from right-wing lies (“What you call cancel culture, I call accountability”), police brutality (“Derek Chauvinism has been convicted! / Are we done with chauvinism now? / No, I don’t think/be prepared for constant cynical criticism/Murderer who got caught committing murder on camera found guilty of murder’, to the fear that keeps us from truly changing. It’s heavy, sure, but the Hendrix-style lead guitar and jazz-tinged drums keep it from feeling too overwhelming.
Instead, his power is undeniable, Farees’ worldview is irrefutable. He has spent his entire life differentiating himself from other activists, “Bad Apples” being his first step to dominating his path and shaping our future. “Fake revolutionaries use our struggles to make money and look cool instead of being agents of real change,” says Farees. “If you want to make change, you have to do it in your own life, work and environment.”
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