Written By: Fletcher Bonin
Sliimy’s latest album Paint Your Face features all the funky tones and cryptic lyrics he has become known for. Though he is a French pop musician, he makes the decision to sing in English, something we should be thankful for given the intricacy and introspection of his lyrics. His signature sound is upbeat, fast paced and just generally fun to listen to. His songs are characterized by trilling synths, steady guitar and bass rhythms.
His lyrics can be hard to follow but I strongly recommend that you try, because some snippets are too good to miss. Sliimy’s voice is a rich tenor though his range far exceeds this one classification. On many of the tracks off this thirteen track album, Sliimy showcases his vocal range with singsong, dramatically changing inflections, treating us to a roller coaster ride as his lyrics wind their way around the rising and falling musical chords. Of note, in his song ‘Magic Game’ he sings “you said I’m gay but I’m cool.” This admission is by no means new information, as Sliimy has been out since he was twenty years old. It does, however, portray perfectly the confidence of his inflections and attitude imbibed in his lyrics.
In the song ‘Our Generation’ the synths soar and intone complemented by Sliimy’s harmonic and paradoxically choppy vocals. The title track ‘Paint Your Face’ features more intense guitar riffs and an edgier sound than the other tracks in general. The song seems to address a person hiding something, perhaps masking themselves somehow with paint, Sliimy singing “you think you’re a stranger but my friends know and what I know is that I know.” One thing I particularly enjoyed on this album is Sliimy’s ability to weave cultural references into his lyrics, at different times singing about such things as ‘ebay’ and ‘MySpace’.
My favorite recording off this latest album is ‘Baby’. It’s smooth, relaxed rhythm is accompanied by Sliimy singing in more of an alto tone unlike the others tracks. Indeed, my one gripe with the album is that Sliimy seems to rely heavily on one distinct pop style, which is why I was so appreciative of the change of pace on ‘Baby’.