The Level Heads: Reinvent Review
Since 2010, rapper Lipset and producer Lokes worked together on The Level Heads LP, which was Lipset’s debut album. Since then, the duo known as The Level Heads was spawned, and brought their debut as a duo under the concept effort Current Affairs: The Alien Project, a project that saw Lokes step up and provide a wider scope and breadth with more instrumentation, and for Lipset to provide lyrics that gave a lot more big-brother styled advice.
Leading up to the release of Reinvent, the Level Heads introduced numerous one-offs as part of the Heads UP music series, which featured a bevy of local talent such as MaLLy, Rich Garvey, Freez, K.Raydio, and countless others, which allowed for both Lokes and Lipset to really hone both their sound and focus as a duo. Now with a full band at their arsenal, they release Reinvent, which gives way to expansive new ideas and lyrical topics that focus on constant change and progression. You can hear it in the progressive rock stylings of the title track, while the sing-song revolution-esque elements of “Current Affairs” permeates with its bright synths and guitars. There’s “Separate Places,” which leads off with an almost ballad-like focus, but then switches to a head-nodding rhythm while Lipset ruminates on his mind and heart being different in their overall goal, while “Nice,” has a very summer-like feel to it, before it switches to a reggae infused like dub rhythm.
All the while, Lipset and Lokes remain top notch, delivering great lyrical content for their songs, while Lokes provides very nice bridges and hooks that make for nice transitions for the band to make in general. People may ask what Reinvent is and what it represents in the Level Heads current discography, but one can consider Reinvent as something that sticks to the message of the now to deliver a better tomorrow.
The Level Heads will be having an album release party for Reinvent on Saturday, May 3rd at Icehouse. Performing alongside The Level Heads will be I.B.E & Benzilla. Doors are at 10pm for this 21+ show, with music beginning at 11pm, and tickets are $5 in advance, and $7 on the day of the release party. Check out the video for “Reinvent” below.