Slaughter Beach, Dog, the solo project of Modern Baseball co-frontman Jake Ewald, just released his first single since last August’s debut EP DAWG. “JOBS” was first featured on Lame-O Records’ 2015 sampler last month. Ewald shows off his lyrical creativity with the new track; the song dives headfirst into the paradoxes and dilemmas that face modern twenty-somethings. The song leads off with “My friends don’t need jobs ’cause they all sell drugs / spend their Fridays setting fires with their college degrees.” The song continues “searching in circles” to find answers about love, religion, careers, and self-satisfaction.
Despite the song’s heavy and contemplative lyrics, Ewald opens the song with a relatively stripped down arrangement of vocals, a single harmonizing guitar line, and distant brushed snare. Slaughter Beach, Dog adds in bass halfway through the first verse, and the song continues to build from there. Ewald wraps the song up with the ribbon of “teach me how I can make me proud again,” alluding to the desire to shake off this apathetic view that his peers share.
Take a listen to “JOBS” below.
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