Grab your headphones and close your eyes as we take you on a journey through Khalid’s latest indulgent 17-track ‘Free Spirit’ album.
The glistening atmospherics of ‘Intro’ signal a new dawn, shining bright with a zapping and hard-hitting synth injecting instant 80’s vibes. Khalid sings out about the challenges of love and heartbreaks but also the need to live and move on, “now I gotta find my worth.”
Building nicely from the previous track, ‘Bad Luck’ is not necessarily an optimistic track, delving into issues of loneliness and fake friends we face growing up, as Khalid sings “where is everybody when you need a hand.” This down-tempo track really hits home as he sings, “if you love me, you gotta love all of me.”
‘My Bad’ echoes a more sensual, quieter tone creating an immensely intimate soundscape which makes the track that even more bit personal. A stand-out track with its easy-going nature, put simply this is a track you could quiet easily listen to while driving amongst the glimmering city lights.
‘Talk’ just instantly sounds like your classic upbeat radio hit, which is probably why it has gained such a widespread global appreciation. The lyrics are simple but that’s the way they are supposed to be, speaking what’s on all our minds but rarely spoken.
There’s something simple yet resonant about ‘Don’t Pretend’ featuring Safe. The lo-fi acoustics radiates a warmth, like a fire crackling into the night, there’s just something so comforting about the instrumental restraint. Khalid just soothingly eases you in, as he reminds us to all be our true selves and let our souls, “come alive.”
‘Paradise’ makes you feel like you’re in a dream. A woozy bass and wobbling acoustic makes you feel as if your head is spinning, almost like your sitting in the dimly lit bathroom at a nightclub. Khalid’s thoughts spin around the heaviness of the instrumental, perhaps emphasising the chaotic paradise surrounding.
‘Free Spirit’ is pretty much an anthem dedicated to today’s young generation, encouraging them to listen to what sets their soul on fire, “can you hear it calling, free spirits.” With a strong acoustic strum playing confidently alongside the lyrics ensures the message resonates.
With mysterious acoustic plucks and intrepid kicking drum, ‘Self’ is essentially where Khalid lays it all bare out on the table, as his insecurities and past intertwine to meet him in the present.
Rounding out the album appropriately, ‘Saturday Nights’ will instantly put you in ‘the feels’. One particular lyric stands-out particularly for the younger listeners, “all the things that I know that your parents don’t, they don’t care like I do.”
‘Saturday Nights’ really sums up the essence of this album and how often we don’t say what we think and therefore often feel misunderstood. But it’s ultimately Khalid’s humble nature that resonates with his audience. He may be living his dreams but at least he understands the struggles it takes to get there, he listens and we can somehow find comfort knowing that.
Go grab yourself a copy of ‘Free Spirit’ right here.