Alias Wayne – “Name Of Love”

 Alias Wayne – “Name Of Love”

Alias Wayne – “Name Of Love” – Single Review

You know what I appreciate at this stage of my career, and/or listening to music in general?

I appreciate not really having to think about things at all.

Lemme explain.  As much as I try not to read what others are writing about music and whatnot, sometimes I get stuff that comes my way where it’s like, listen to so & so, they’ve got a new song – and that’ll be it.  No link, no artwork, no nothing – just hail marys to the music guy, and it happens all the time.  In those situations, where you have to look things up manually and do the work like some kind of stone age plebeian, things are gonna catch your eye when you’re looking through search results on your Google machine, trying to find what you need.  There have been more than a few folks out there trying to bend themselves into a pretzel in effort to discuss the poetic aspects of Alias Wayne’s new single “Name Of Love” from what I’ve seen out there so far.  Yet upon pushing play over here?  I’m like yo – it’s the bass-lines in this song y’all.  I’ve got all kinds of love for his lyricism for sure, but it’s the bass-lines that had me reaching to turn up “Name Of Love” on that first spin through it, and every time since then.

Call it a reflex if you like.  I’m not sitting here trying to proclaim that I’m some kind of genius or anything like that – in fact, I feel like I can show you indisputable proof that I am nowhere close to being any kind of prophet or musical savant.  I’m just a guy, that listens to music, and writes about it – simple and plain.  Which brings me back to my initial comments – I appreciate not really having to think about things at all.  I hear a song with the undeniable smoothness, fluidity, and sheer cosmic-degree of seamlessness that something like “Name Of Love” has, and I don’t HAVE to think about a thing – I just turn it on UP, like a song like this deserves.  It’s natural instinct – one that we ALL share, universally – we want to get closer to the source of happiness, and when it comes to listening to music, that means we play it loud & proud.  Why?  Because it makes us happy.  If you’re looking for some kind of scientific breakdown or some weird exploration into how the fundamentals of late 18th century poetry plays a role in paving the way for a song like “Name Of Love” to exist today, I beg of you, please keep on a-movin’ – because this ain’t that.

All I’m here to tell you today is that you’ll push play on “Name Of Love” by Alias Wayne and just know that what you’re experiencing is being felt by EVERY other person that listens to it, no matter how they choose to go about describing it.  Don’t get me wrong – I really DO dig the lyrics that he’s got added into “Name Of Love” when it comes right down to it…but let me pose a different reason than the rest as to WHY I like them as much as I do.  For myself personally, I think it’s actually because I couldn’t tell you for a certainty whether Alias Wayne has painstakingly labored over each and every syllable, or if what we’re hearing is a genuine stream of consciousness that coincides with the music in a remarkably unified way.  I look at these words in the lyric video, and believe me, I’d be the first to tell ya that there’s a mighty good chance that Ranzel X Kendrick, the man behind the music of Alias Wayne, has indeed spent a great deal of time on them…the imagery is superb, the uniqueness is astonishing, the word selection and the spirit of his message are nothing short of brilliant.  My point is, the performance that he’s put into those same very words seems so flawlessly natural and inherently smooth, that it’s like he stepped up to the microphone and let the words come out without thinking about anything at all.  I obviously mean this in the best of ways…if you’re reading me correctly, you know this is all really a comment on the extreme amount of professionalism an artist like this dude displays when it comes time to push record.  That’s not taking anything away from what could very well BE a stream of consciousness, uncontrived and unfiltered – all I’m saying is that when Ranzel knows it’s time to do his thang, he’s ready to answer the call.  I’m saying that the percussion, the guitars, the bass, the vocals, the demeanor, the mood, the lyrics, the cadence of his voice…all of this stuff combined is a stellar example of how certain moments are really just meant to be, and that’s really all there is to it.  No one has to think about something that sounds like “Name Of Love” when it comes right down to it, because it instantly connects to ALL of us.

Of course, I’d be remiss and irresponsible to not recommend that you DO have a good look and listen to the lyrics he’s added into this new single, because they’re fantastic, insightful, poetic, and they’ve got real imagination, attitude, and tangible FLAVOR to’em, you feel me?  He’s undoubtedly written some powerfully moving imagery and a wonderfully expressive song here.  All I’m gettin’ at is that you don’t need to be any kind of scholar to appreciate how damn good a song like “Name Of Love” is – you’ll feel it from the moment you listen, and you’ll know in the fabric of your DNA that what you’re hearing is special on a different level than what you experience in the majority of songs you’ve been listening to.

Alias Wayne gets a massive nod of approval from me when it comes to this tune – the execution of the entire song is outright exceptional by every measure, and it’s one of the easiest songs to like and/or love that I’ve personally heard this year by a longshot.  I’m every bit as confident in YOU loving this track just as much as I do, or even as much as Ranzel does himself…because that’s what universal sound is really all about folks.  You don’t have to think about it, not one bit, not at all…you just feel it, and you know.  This is one of the best we’ve heard from the man to-date.

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