Out of everyone in the group, Steve Lacy is probably the least known, but potentially their most important as he had production credits for almost half of the songs on their phenomenal breakthrough album Ego Death. The production was fantastic and showed the immense potential he had at only 18 years of age. Looking to show more of what he’s capable of, this “demo” is a quick strike of six songs that show off his full repetoire both behind and in front of the boards. While it’s a brief offering with no songs going longer than three minutes, it’s an offering that definitely leaves a considerable impression. The level of sophistication and understanding present in the funk and soul he plies here seems well beyond his years. There isn’t any song worth skipping on here, but “Dark Red” is my clear favorite off the tape. The percussion, the use of background vocals, the guitar strings, are all just phenomenal. It’s all beautifully layered, tight song crafting that excels in everything it does.
“What if she’s fine
It’s my mind that’s wrong
And I just let bad thoughts
Linger for far too long”
Unlike his counterpart, Matt Martians, he’s seemingly just as great in the vocals as he is in his production, without the need for any technological assistance. His range is fantastic and he lays down some amazing sounding melodies. He draws out all kinds of soul from the songs and while it may only be a quick demo, it really shows the immense potential Steve Lacy has as an artist.
Have you heard Steve Lacy’s Demo? What’d you think about it? How does it compare to the other solo offerings from The Internet? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your rating for the project.
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