Single Review — Traffic Control
Rapper, songwriter and record producer Giriboy is back with another jazzy chillhop single, “Traffic Control” featuring solo artist Heize, which will be on his upcoming studio album “100 Years: College Course” set to be released June 10. It’s his latest since “Keyboard,” the lead single off his 2018 EP “Science Fiction Music.”
“Traffic Control” is a split perspective extended metaphor between two exes who absolutely cannot be around each other. Although sounding carefree, the lyrics are a hostile standoff, creating a tense environment that feels like if the two had even the slightest interaction they would explode. As Heize puts it, it’s probably best for the two to stay apart as, “I don’t feel fine, yo that stop sign, you better not cross the line.”
The tonality in Heize’s verse is the best part of this track. Often strange and wispy, yet oddly beautiful, she sings in a way that no other artist does. Even when singing the same melody over and over, the airy quality of her voice makes every line unique.
The instruments don’t add all that much to the overall song, besides a sense of progression. My opinion on the song wouldn’t really change if there was no backing track at all. The lyrics could be performed as spoken word poetry and the vibe would still feel the same.
As a creative poetic expression, “Traffic Control” is hopefully a sign of the type of music we will hear on “100 Years: College Graduation” later this month.
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