In an age where EDM is king and folk-rock has saturated the music market, it can be hard to play dusty, old fashioned Americana and still sound honest. However, with Ben Trickey's
latest single, "New Kids," the Atlanta-based singer-songwriter manages to do just that in spades .
The song is a longing reflection of youth and time long since passed, with Trickey walking the line between loving reverence and the vexing feeling that he missed out. Trickey's calloused, yet hopeful vocals portray a roadside existentialist who has seen both the best and worst of what life has to offer, contemplating the long path of growing up and fading youth that we all must eventually face. The tender electric guitar lead and melancholic strings complement the relentless drumbeat while Trickey's achingly personal vocals make for a heavy, bittersweet take on getting older and the growing pains that come with it.
Comedian Marc Maron recently called Trickey's music, "Honest...real shit," and he definitely wasn't lying. Listen to "New Kids" above and get Trickey's new record Choke & Croon
, out July 8.