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Premiere: Rick Maun - "Salvation"

Rick Maun doesn't rap full time and he likely won't at any time in the foreseeable future. While the Kansas City beatmaker has jumped on his own tracks before, his raps on on "Salvation" act as a formal way of greeting listeners to his new album and introducing them to its themes.

Co-produced by fellow Intelligent Sound beatmaker Zelus, "Salvation" is a deeply introspective track that plays like a sequel to a previous track of Maun's -- "Victory Laps." The song's syrupy lo-fi, sample-driven beats and emotive lyrics wash over listeners and allow them to connect to some of the many hardships that Maun outlines.

The video for "Salvation" may not seem ingenious at first glance, but when paired with the music, acts as a fitting representation of the song's moodiness. Maun glances out a window with its blinds drawn, taking pained drags from a blunt. It doesn't seem beyond possibility that this was the state in which the song was recorded.

Maun's album "Anxiety" will be arriving this spring via his new collective called Fuklyfe. He will also be performing alongside Jpino, LION, and X.Wilson at Light + Sound - An Audio Visual Exhibition on March 11th at Quixotic.

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