Straight off the press, comes the one, the only, GRiZ. The man is back with the release of his highly anticipated Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 3. This full-length project is the third installment in his mix tape series. Part 3 serves up the last few summer daze, reminiscing on GRiZ’s nostalgic, funkalicious soundscapes.
Each track on this album just radiates optimism and hope and demonstrates GRiZ’s musical versatility and his ever-evolving sound. This album is a prime example of GRiZ’s sense of self and the deep connection he has with the collective consciousness that is life.
GRiZ on the album: “I wanted to recreate the carefree good vibes you feel when it’s just about sunset on the perfect summer evening and everything is the most beautiful shimmering tint of gold. Chasing The Golden Hour is that magical moment, it is the cool breeze against your back, it is sweet summer swagger in music form.”
Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 3 is a return to form for GRiZ, focusing less on the electronic dance elements of his other projects and showcasing his extensive knowledge of classic funk records, experimental instrumentals, and his carefully crafted poetic lyricism.
Staying true to his core sound, this project remains heady as ever. This is a stark deviation from his dubstep-driven Bangers.zip series and shifts gears into a psychedelia funk album. Pt. 3 dances through a wide array of genres from sweet California Soul and R&B in “Won’t Be Gone Long,” to post-disco vibes on “Nights In Shibuya,” and even spoken word in “Know Time Like The Present.”
The lead single “Sweet,” kicks in with a contemporary funk groove, harmoniously jamming with GRiZ’s signature sax licks that unifies a smooth jam that leads into zen-filled album closers, “Floating” and “Where Will I Go.” This full-length album brings on thoughts of 2020’s summer that could’ve been.
Following his ledgendary Bangers.zip series, GRiZ segways from wobbly old-school style dubstep to his funky machinations that is Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 3. He previewed the chilled-out track “Solo (feat. ProbCause)” on his 30th birthday earlier this summer, building anticipation for the debut of the full project.
Empowering the queer community and shedding light on fellow LGBTQIA+ voices, GRiZ then unleashed “Medusa (feat. Wreckno)”, his queer anthem in celebration of Pride month. Taking an active role in humanitarian efforts and furthering his ‘show love, spread love’ message, GRiZ has recently played live sets that benefitted causes such as Equal Justice Initiative, Color of Change and more. GRiZ’s message is one that the world truly needs right now.
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