It’s hard nowadays to find much optimism, but Blanks manages to infuse every one of his songs with joy and positivity. Even when his lyrics look at deeper, heavy subject matter, he can’t help but fill the music with infectious melodies and buoyant touches to liven things up. Silly People, his latest release, continues his bright outlook with enjoyable results.
Lifted by a bouncing bassline and catchy whistles, Blanks rides a Hall & Oates style 80s bop as he takes aim at empty people looking for meaning in irrelevant things. It’s a modern topic filtered through a vintage sound, with catchy hooks and a perfect singalong chorus bringing listeners in.
It also makes for a perfect soundtrack for these confusing times, with the current situation leaving people stuck for where they can find meaning and purpose in daily life. It’s to Blanks’ eternal credit that he can take thoughtful subjects like this and turn them into a catchy pop song.
So while Silly People won’t make for the perfect escape from these troubling times, it makes for a nice distraction with a beautiful piece of sunny pop from one of the most exciting and adventurous songwriters working today.