"There is an eagle flying higher than this bullshit", is the line that kicks off this latest track from the all-too-overlooked, Inglewood, California native James Fauntleroy – a statement that swiftly cuts through the noise of this politically charged week, bathed in James's signature vocal layering. Tagged on SoundCloud as 'Folk & Singer-Songwriter', "American Eagle OG" has the acoustic guitar and soulful, rootsy vocals it needs to land in that category, while maintaining a vibe that is distinctly R&B. Lyrics like, "I'm comin' home late again, just to make love great again", deftly tread a line somewhere between sensual and satirical, making this tune a unique mixture of love song and protest song.
If you're looking for some good music to turn to while you turn away from the mess on your TV and timeline, "American Eagle OG" is what you need. There's nothing in your face about this one, no political clichés – just some flawless singing carrying a rarely unique take on the blustery social climate. And, unlike so many tracks that spawned from this year's election, it sounds pretty damn good.