Twin Cities Artist Spoke Showcases His Versatility on His Upcoming Album Trash.
By Francis Galang
Upcoming on January 2nd, 2023, Spoke will be releasing his album Trash alongside the single “Save Name”.
Spoke is an artist who currently resides in the Twin Cities. He has been persistent for music, learning and playing multiple instruments over the years. He spends whatever time is left over from his factory job on perfecting his musical craft, writing many diverse albums over the years with songs spanning multiple genres and new ones. In his home studio, he writes and records each of the parts of his songs himself, operating as a one-man band who is in control of how every one of his musical ideas weave together.
Throughout 2022, Spoke has been hard at work on his album Trash. Trash is a multi-genre album that collects many ideas Spoke has amassed throughout the year. Each of its songs are handcrafted and wide-ranging. He says, “Because it is so diverse, I don’t want to lead people in with solid expectations. Don’t walk in expecting anything because every song is so different.”
Each of the songs on Trash were written in the midst of everyday life, averaging seven minutes each. Spoke describes the ideas underlying the single as testaments to legacy: “They’re about those who thought I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere in life, and whether they’ll recognize my name after I make it.”
These ideas of legacy extend to the album’s single “Save Name”. The sound of “Save Name” features a lo-fi sound that is accompanied by distorted punk and blues slide guitar embellishments. It is a bluesy song that showcases one of the many moods Spoke has felt throughout the year as he reflects upon his time and where he is going next.
In reflecting upon where he wishes to take his ambitions, Spoke is inspired by the legacy of early YouTube, where being authentically yourself can yield an audience. He says, “If you can put something out there that resonates with people, you can build a following. A foundation. Even though music is different from YouTube, the same idea is there. I’m putting out something that someone, somewhere will resonate with. My foundation grows with them in mind.”
Both the album Trash and the single “Save Name” will be available on all streaming platforms on January 2nd.
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