September 27, 2017  /  Alec Lehrman

Location: Chicago, US

FFO: Thundercat

Label: Unsigned

Hot on the heels of last month’s, strung out jazz hit ‘Pedal’, Chicago based guitarist Alec Lehrman returns with the politically charged ‘Laura’s Plantation’. Most of the time, jazz is the music of late night clubs and laid back moments and with it’s seemingly improvised melody lines, soulful Steve Cropper inspired chords and highly chilled horns this track isn’t short of being superbly smooth. However, Lehrman also layers into the lyrics the three different perspectives of the ‘government’, ‘people’ and the ‘gift shop attendant’, who, with the refrain”Tell me what you want? Tell me what you need? Oh that color [black] looks good on you”, represents contemporary capitalist attempts to commodify black suffering. Furthermore, with the money made by this track going to the NAACP (the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), it is clear that this is a song that does a lot more than just sound sublime.