BEST NEW SONGS: GALLANT - SKIPPING STONES (FT. JHENE AIKO)

2/10/16

Even if they make a miserable tasting energy drink, Red Bull’s musical exploits are really something  to behold. Their latest offering teams up rising alt R&B star Gallant with the lovely Jhené Aiko, to make one of the smoothest songs you’ll hear in this, or any other, year: “Skipping Stones.”

Gallant first made his way onto my radar when I saw him open for Sufjan Stephens last fall. I was caught off guard and drawn to how off-kilter and just flat out odd dude was. “Skipping Stones” feels like the most traditional thing he’s ever done, yet he brings his own brand of quirks to keep you on your toes. His voices blends seamlessly with Aiko’s, and you start to wish this were a full-length project as oppose to a marketing ploy. The song, like most of Gallant’s work, has a raw and cathartic feel. This is the type of music that cleanses, so let it wash over you already.

 

GALLANT “SKIPPING STONES (FT. JHENÉ AIKO)”

If you like what you hear above, be sure to check out Gallant’s EP, Zero, as well as his new single, “Blue Bucket of Gold.” Aiko has a deeper discography, but Sail Out remains my favorite.

In parting, here’s the lyrics to “Skipping Stones”:

find me
what am i missing?
what am i missing?

find me skipping stones, yeah, washed up rocks
holding out for something i can't force
what am i missing?
oh, baby, what am i missing?

where's the peace of mind
i was told, i was told, i was told
i'd begin it
feeling compromised
like i was born in a league of my own
but i'm sinking

so find me skipping stones, yeah, washed up rocks
holding out for something i can't force
what am i missing?
oh, baby, what am i missing?

i've gone for miles and miles in search of right direction
i long to figure out, but i keep on forgetting
all of the lessons that i've learned
how many bridges have i burned?
when did i go missing, somewhere in the distance?

find me skipping stones, yeah, washed up rocks
holding out for something i can't force
what am i missing?
oh, what am i missing?

woah, girl
feeling
somber
say it to me, say it now!

 

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Calvin Paradise manages to live a productive life despite a childhood of home schooling and suffering from what some doctors have called the worst case of Groucho Marx's Syndrome in recorded history.