WXTJ Hot Takes: Take A Nap

Trashman here:

I recently had the opportunity to listen to the new release from Charlottesville native band – Orion and the Melted Crayons. Their new single, Take a Nap, sets a relaxing tone through multi-instrumental pairings. It leaves the listener feeling like someone who is riding their car mid-summer with the windows down – enjoying the breeze. Worries have no place when Take a Nap is playing. The piano and strings by Andrew King and Elie Bashkow respectively are strong points in the tune, calmly leaving the listener in a state of serendipity.

The vocals in the song tend to be reserved and lack any major distinctive qualities. However, given the untroubled feel of the tune, they still seem to work when paired with the instrumentals. The uncomplicated lyrics however do not develop any profound feelings and don’t bring much new to the table. With Take a Nap, it is the feeling brought on by the music and rhythm that is memorable rather than the meaning of the words sung.

Overall, with Take a Nap by Orion and the Melted Crayons, no one is a stranger. Its simple, folksy sway reminds us exactly what is great about Charlottesville, where one can lay in the grass, feel the warmth of the sun and enjoy the littlest of things. I have added this song to five playlists including my most revered one that plays while I walk from place to place.

UPDATE: Having walked around downtown, I’m glad to announce Tap a Nap has passed the “walk around and enjoy the breeze” test with great success.

Listen to “Take a Nap” here: https://orionandthemeltedcrayons.bandcamp.com

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