Propaganda and Derek Minor Collaboration
Posted November 18, 2019
Nothing But a Word, a seven song EP, is the result of a plane delay that left Propaganda in Nashville with some extra time on his hands. He contacted longtime friend Derek Minor about recording and that led to this collaboration. It is Propaganda’s first project since 2017’s excellent Crooked, one of my favorite albums that year. The new project was produced by Minor.
Here are a few comments about each song:
Dope – This song features John Givez as he shares vocals with Propaganda. He’s underrated and underestimated, and has some folks back home questioning how he made it. Life’s not perfect, but it’s worth it, because it’s dope. The song features finger snaps, backing vocals, synth and bass. A highlight.
Remind me I ain't crazy and the grace stay amazing
He came down to prove I wasn't talking to an empty room
Remind me that the truth is that I'm looking at an empty tomb
Comments – This song addresses our online (Twitter, etc.) lives and how we can get pulled into debates by people we don’t even know. The information cycle is polarizing, and it’s beneath you to believe that nonsense (deep state, fake news). The song features a heavy beat, driven by percussion, bass, synth. Contradiction – This song features Aaron Cole on vocals. He wants to honest, shares the many ways that his life is a contradiction who is at war with himself. The song features a heavy beat, driven by bass and percussion, and also features some guitar.
Impose – Although he’s not one to hold his tongue, he has grown a little, and is working on his patience. He doesn’t want to impose or tell you what you already know. The song references Donald Trump, privilege and equality. It is driven by synth and a steady beat.
Overjoyed – He’s overjoyed, but not overwhelmed, living in California, where good churches and bad cops are on the same boulevard. He speaks of fine tuning his priorities, which seem like they are always at war with him. The song features some excellent guitar work.
It ain’t love if you ain’t willing to fight for it
It ain’t real if you aren’t willing to kill for it
Change – This song is about some things that need to change. What lessons can we learn. We are a culture in crisis. The song references such current issues of refugees and equal pay for women. The song features Daniella Mason on vocals, guitar and a bass beat.
Fallen – This song features Tobe Nwigwe and Liz Vice on vocals, over drums and a bass beat. The chorus includes “They say that we are fallen, then tell me why you follow”. Propaganda and Nwigwe handle the verses.
When Lucy try to tempt you, remember that it was written
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