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The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices, were initially only fundamental to Christian teachings. When one pupil of monk Evagrius Ponticus named John Cassian wrote his book The Institutes, he brought the classifications of greed, lust, pride, envy, sloth, wrath and gluttony to Europe, sparking a revolution in popular literature and art, including in such crucial centerpieces as Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and poet Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, which detailed his journey through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. Shrewd and often salacious reflections of humanity’s greatest downfalls have continued to be woven throughout much of modern works, particularly pop music, from the glitter-gushing promiscuity of such ’80s icons as Madonna, Prince and David Bowie to such contemporary caution throwers as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Licking his lips with liquor and inhabiting a hazy-eyed space between the blurred lines of masculinity and femininity, Nashville upstart Brasko (real name Jordan Brasko Gable) is shattering archaic stereotypes one sticky, funk single at a time.
“Static” keeps company with sweltering summer nights, addictive tonics tumbling down the throat, the silver moon hanging low on the horizon and stolen kisses deepening the raw, feverish high. “I wasn’t going out tonight / But now, I’m here / You’re over there,” the newcomer observes through a cloud of lustful wish keeping and the smokey bar’s neon glow. “When I feel ya, I’m addicted to the static,” he murmurs into a tasty brew of R&B and classic grooves. His voice lays gingerly across the scalding, heady melody.
A figure of the busting Nashville pop scene, which includes Jake McMullen, Mags Duval and others, Brasko has cemented an impressive foundation so far. Expected to release an extended play in the new year, he explained the collection’s thematic thread line, “[It] is really about human intimacy, and for me to do what I thought I was supposed to do, I wanted to talk about this corner that no one was talking about and that’s the dark part of human intimacy that’s not good for you but we still crave it.” “Static” follows his debut single “Take Me,” an equally provocative statement on sexuality and relationships. He is appropriately unapologetic and fearless, and if we had our way, 2018 would be the Year of Brasko. “I know I really shouldn’t, but I want it,” he coos, scrawling his desires directly on his skin. The tension is ready to snap…
Photo Credit: Zachary Gray