Party Over Here! TFAP's "Cries From My Generation" (Review)
This summer seems to be gearing up to be a good one! And kicking off the month on a strong note is The Free Afternoon Party with their latest effort, Cries From My Generation, a genius compilation album from the mind of Austin the Icon & Friends. This new powerhouse of the midwest is bringing an entrancing and contemporary sound based out of Southfield, Michigan. The label (from what I’ve gathered) is headed by Austin The Icon, the flagship artist, but is also comprised of other artists and producers. Cries From My Generation has a mellow vibe that slowly pulls you in track by track. Not only is the album laced with an immense amount of creativity, but it wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t mention the super producers, Ronny Gordo & MylesAway for their superb effort in manifesting their creativity to paint a picture so sonically diverse. Each song seem to captivates you-- telling a different story on each song that creates a melodic creation way ahead of its time.
Standout cuts include tracks like “27 Club,” where producer MylesAway creates a down-tempo beat that Austin The Icon lazily yet brilliantly rides the beat with harmonious crooning that immediately grabs your attention. Harnessing an array of entrancing sounds and instruments, If the beat alone doesn’t trap you, I wouldn’t blame you if you have a hard time making it past the second track... just like me. Delving further into the album, you run into tracks like “Ha!” (again, produced by MylesAway) that really boast the versatility of this album. Though the singer is unnamed on the album, what’s most notable about the track is that it samples lyrics from one of the the most notable rapper from an amazing and evolutionary era of music. Juve the Great would be proud of this RnB ode to one of his most popular songs of the same name. This album is already feeling like hotter than 400 Degreez. (see what i did there?)
Lastly (without giving away TOO much greatness,) we stumble upon tracks like “Expensive Dreams,” where we have again our unnamed female singer/emcee flexes her lyrical muscle; boasting powerful bars like “Blue strip, i ain’t scared of no blue strips // it come slow when you move you move quick I’m Big Meech with some cool shit // I’m 2-3 on some shoe shit, I’m ‘Bron James on some sick shit // If you lose, who gon stay wit’ it? Who gon’ jump ship? Now that’s real shit.” With a beautifully-sung chorus which speaks about the finer things in life, this song is enough to motivate you to pursue the money, cars and diamonds rings that detail this expensive dream.
It’s been awhile since I’ve heard something come out of Michigan worth writing about, but this project from start to finish was the boost in my state-spirit that I needed. Great things happen when talented, like-minded individuals come together. The Free Afternoon Party is an example of such a gathering and this is something you’ll definitely want to throw into your summer rotation. You can stream this album on Soundcloud NOW as well as the TFAP’s own website, TheFreeAfternoonParty.com, where you can find contact info, blog information as well as all of your TFAP apparel. Here’s to AMAZING VIBES and the start of an AMAZING summer.
Stay True. Stay Fresh. Stay Laced.