First Thoughts: Son Little – Invisible

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Son little is the stage name of Guitarist, and Music Producer, Aaron Livingstone. Coming off the back of grammy award from his work with Mavis Staples he has released a short EP titled, ‘Invisible’. It’ll include a couple tracks from his forthcoming album ‘Aloha’ which comes out on the 31st January. Aaron caught my attention from his stunning, captivating NPR tiny desk performance, where he played a number of of his stand out tracks from his self titled ‘Son Little’ album.

The 80s funk infused and gripping soulful opening track, ‘Hey Rose’ sets a wonderful tone for the EP. the springing electric guitar which ebbs and flows between his vocals during the verses has a swinging 70s disco feel which would have moved dance floors. 

Son little’s manages to invoke so much emotion through his vocals from his tones, and the way expands some of his notes, all the while maintaining a delicate warmness in his voice. Stand out track, ‘I’m a builder’ blends more contemporary styles of soul as his gentle string play from the guitar leads the track. Along with the accompaniment of the strings along with his voice gives the track a wonderful contemporary blues feel. 

Little Son experiments a little more with his vocal notes in the track ‘About her. again’ , as the swinging momentous build in the instruments grow with the gradual raspy tones in his voice. Little Son oozes more blues and soul than I felt in his previous tracks, and puts the track in front as my favourite.

Check out his NPR tiny desk concert:

 

 

Author: Kofi Yeboah

I'm a Music & Culture Journalist, and DJ from London. I worked in radio, events promotions, and content production. .

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