It was August last year when Lando Chill released his debut album ‘For Mark, Your Son‘ on Mello Music Group. He mesmerized critics with his “innate gift for melody” and ability to meld “scattered influences into a coherent vision”. The 12 songs on the record contained a positively life-affirming message but they were also a dedication to the dad he never really knew. Lando’s father passed away when he was just three years old.
The third of those songs, ‘Early In The Morning’, served as the album’s lead single. In this joint, the Chicago lyricist seems to have found an oasis of tranquility in his life or caught that proverbial second wind. “Got that Wu-Tang juice/ And it taste so cool…/ Got peace on my mind/ Kush I’ma grind/ Air feeling fine/ Ride to the arc of your spine/ Say it’s time…” His delicately delivered rhymes flow smoothly over a track that can’t quite make up it’s mind as to whether it belongs to soul, jazz or psychedelic rock. But the sum of the parts is really easy on the ear, putting you on the same wave of positivity Lando is riding.
The breezy mood of Early In The Morning is replicated in the song’s visual, directed by Malcolm Critcher and Symeon Platts. It follows Lando and Laísa Laii through the sleepy landscape of Northern Arizona as they let loose and enjoy life for what it is. It’s one of those weekends all of us wish for but few of us ever get to really live.
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