“Sunshine” by Lucas Jay

While his peers are seemingly content to relive the past in their work through one melody or another, Lucas Jay doesn’t want to be the same kind of glamor poet that has dominated the pop music conversation for three generations-plus; quite the opposite, if you ask me. In Jay’s new single, which is titled “Sunshine,” the singer/songwriter makes it obvious that his priorities as an artist are rooted far more in making the biggest and boldest harmonies, he can over trying to join in with the pop trajectory that a lot of his rivals would do anything to be a part of.

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There isn’t a lot of added sonic zeal behind the soundboard in “Sunshine,” but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a heady dose of melodic adrenaline, with some of the track’s best moments coming in the heat of passion between the players. Jay’s words are always the main appeal here, but make no mistake about it – if there’s anything you can’t accuse this guy of as a composer and performer, it’s adhering to the singular standards of a less-than-erudite era for pop music singer/songwriters.

The instrumentation in this single colorizes the lyricism more through physicality than tonality, but this isn’t to suggest that “Sunshine” is somehow missing that key “it” factor in the warmth of its aural presence. Contrarily, there’s a lot of melodic intensity to the percussive and string parts that leads us to feel the glow of the narrative through the music as frequently as we do the lyrics explaining it to us verse by verse.

There’s a lot of live potential in this track, and its flexible bones indicate that, if given the right kind of venue to make it happen, Jay and his collaborators on stage could turn it into an extended jam perfect for making those long hot summer nights last just a little bit longer than they already would have. You don’t have to be a big fan of funky pop music to appreciate how sharp this hook is, and I would even say that those who aren’t normally big on this genre could likely use “Sunshine” as a segue into its burgeoning underground class of 2023.

I only just recently found out about the complete works of Lucas Jay as they presently stand this summer, but I’m excited to hear what he’s going to cultivate in the studio next after getting a sneak preview in “Sunshine.” Pop as a whole has seen a lot better days than the present – I think most anyone who knows anything about the genre right now is already aware of as much – but its storied underground is doing everything it can to keep the flame of the style alive through tunes like this latest cut from Jay. He isn’t playing music for the money – this artist is the real deal, and his integrity finds a way of bleeding into every beat he records.

From what I gather, the bright rays of “Sunshine” are a major high point for this man, but I doubt they’re representative of his creative peak as an artist.

Chadwick Easton

Hip Hop

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