Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
Back in May at the beginning of the summer, I issued one of the most positive reviews I’ve ever penned here on the Independent Spotlight. It was for an indie hip hop artist who calls himself Endsightt. At that time, he had just dropped ‘The Music Demo,’ a phenomenal set of songs that redefined the standard for indie music in his genre. Now, he’s back with a new tune entitled ‘Ghost of John.’ Does it stand as tall as its predecessor? Let’s dig into it and find out.
‘Ghost of John’ has the instrumental and compositional elements that were so splendidly good about ‘The Music Demo.’ I made a parallel in May between Endsightt and Kendrick Lamar. Both of them do an excellent job utilizing eclectic band set-ups in their music - not just drum machines or sequencers. ‘Ghost of John’ continues this trend, and Endsightt is backed by a bombastic acoustic band. Soul elements are at play, as are funk elements - especially in regard to the electric guitar and bass riffing.
‘Ghost of John’ is the “story of the great Johns in history.” Endsightt seems to focus his song around John the Baptist, or as he refers to him ‘John B.’ As we know, John the Baptist died a pretty horrific death because he believed in an ideology that was worth dying for. Removing the obvious religion from this anecdote, it is a message that Endsightt seems to champion in his song: people died for what they believed it, so there’s no real excuse to not live life to the fullest. (Especially if those people that died made it possible for you to do so.)
Endsightt even injects a bit of a western vibe in his production, which is then echoed by him including John Wayne in his list of important Johns. (Though I’m not sure if John Wayne’s death was as abrupt as John the Baptist’s.) In any case, it’s an interesting exercise connecting different historical figures via their first name and tying it all together underneath a banner of living life to the fullest.
Endsightt’s presentation and execution of ‘Ghost of John’ is, as expected, very good. It’s a promising first entry after the massively excellent ‘The Music Demo,’ and it leaves me very curious as to what’s next. I’d love to see a full album on the horizon! ‘Ghost of John’ can be streamed on CD Baby below, but in the next few weeks it should hit most digital outlets!