“Skewup Light,” the first installment of a series of five songs by Steve Ocean, opens with a beautiful, wistful song, and the narrator, a voice from the past, tells the story of a friend who left him a painting.
In a future where we can only see images of ourselves in a digital world, this song is about the joys of art, and it’s about finding the beauty in what you have.
“Skeleton of a Friend” is a beautiful ballad about a man who falls in love with his dog, but he can’t get over the loss of the man who loved him most: his family.
“Ain’t Gonna Stop Us,” which is about a boy who is lonely, has a feeling that will resonate with anyone who’s been in the closet for years.
The last track on “SKEWUP LIGHT,” “Nights Are Falling,” is a tribute to the love of a young woman whose life is a journey of self-discovery.
The lyrics are simple: “It’s not easy to tell the truth/ It’s not like you know what to do/ You’re not sure if you wanna stay with me or go somewhere else/ But there are things that are gonna change/ When you start to feel something/ You know you’ll be okay.”
It’s a song that will leave a lot of people feeling like they are the only one who’s changed, and we can all relate to this feeling.
It’s one of the most moving and beautiful songs we’ve ever heard, and “SKETCHUP LIGHTS” will be on all of our digital playlists.
As with the previous two songs in the series, “SCHEDULE” will feature an original composition by Steve.
In addition to his solo work, Ocean has also teamed with “Slim Thug” and “T.I.” for a collaboration called “MOTIVATE,” which includes a remix of “Skeptical” by Kanye West and an alternate version of “The Blacker the Berry.”
The album will be released in 2018.
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