The D.C. music scene has always been a vibrant intermingling of world-class musicians with roots in countless genres. As the world attempts to recover from Covid-19, both new and established acts from the area are barreling back headfirst into the music scene — and they’ve got a lot to share. Read on for our reviews of 10 local artists’ impressive new releases.
Coming out of Reston, Virginia, RDGLDGRN is a seasoned band with the artistic chops to support their long-time immersion within and beyond the local music scene. The group recently released an album called “Unreleased Singles,” which grants listeners access to a never-before-heard RDGLDGRN. Stand-out track “Turn” is a perfect callback to RDGLDGRN’s eclectic roots, filled with notes of indie and alternative rock, hip-hop and rap.
The heavy, rhythmic beats and the improvisational nature of the verses also calls out to a specifically R&B sensibility that RDGLDGRN harnesses with gusto. The lively song is both a pensive reflection on life and a track that asks more than it answers: “Don’t you wanna feel proud/don’t you wanna get out?”
Still, despite this tendency to question, RDGLDGRN offers one simple conclusion: “I’m thinking turn it up.” The track ultimately becomes an ode to authenticity and the importance of living in accordance with one’s values: “What we’re doing is organic like it’s produce/and this love for this music should console you/never ever let the industry control you.”
“Unreleased Singles” also offers more thoughtful lyrics about taking life by the reins. Another notable track, “Elevators,” opens with a jamming, upbeat riff and an almost accusatory proclamation: “You need to get like me/forget about the world and its tragedies.” Ultimately, the album is an urgent call for reexamining one’s priorities, with elements of fun, lighthearted beats and cogent lyrics.
Perhaps RDGLDGRN took their own advice by lifting the veil of authenticity and releasing these previously vaulted singles — and we’re glad they did.
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