Needle Drop: Son Little, “Carbon”

Aaron Livingston just can’t stand still. Originally from LA, he traveled cross the country to New York and Philadelphia, eventually collaborating with hip-hop legends The Roots. Last month, he released an album under his solo monicker, Son Little, and he’s scheduled to tour Europe this December, eventually making his way back through the states in March. 

Son Little’s varied geographic influences are clear in his musical style and he picks up the subtleties of every spot he visits on the map, creating an intricate, and highly memorable, blend of America’s musical terrain. His new self-titled album eludes the bounds of just one genre—beginning at the confluence of rock and R&B and trailing down a river banked by the blues.

“Carbon” opens with a gritty riff against strong chords beating in the background, giving the track its hip-hop punch. Livingston’s vocals fill the song with a soulful fluidity, providing the perfect contrast to the guitar’s overdriven staccato. The track ends before you even realize it, clocking in it at only two-and-a-half minutes.

Whether it’s intentional or simply innate, Livingston has devised a way of making his work truly distinct—every song is instantly recognizable as Son Little.

Son Little’s self-titled LP is in stores now via ANTI Records. On vinyl.
PHOTO: ANTHONY SAINT JAMES

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