Chicago’s mysterious songsmith Appleby caused a bit of a sensation in 2015 when he debuted with the astonishingly original track “Spit on Me,” with its intertwining of hip-hop, soul and post-punk artfulness (he also gained notoriety for never showing his face.). His most recent, “Pages,” with its slow jazz grooves and Appleby’s sultry, haunting vocal performance, betrayed an artiste capable of effortlessly recrafting his style.
But newest single “Lady Sunshine” perhaps marks the moment he’s fully come into his own. Indeed, with its Caribbean vibes, tantalizing guitar plucking, utterly infectious handclaps and heartwarming harmonies, it feels both celebratory and wistful at once – and exhibits his easy way with a genuine pop hook.
Lyrically, he’s in unapologetically romantic mode, poetically intoning, “If you’re falling from the sky you can take your time / I like the way my lady sunshines,” and “You are the everlasting air beneath my wings.”
“‘Lady Sunshine’ was born out of desperation to create something that would make me smile,” he explains. “After recording it, I felt at peace and happy because it reminded me of my childhood. But if I ever see little kids holding hands, dancing in a circle, singing the lyrics, I will probably cry.”
He continues, “I think this will be a career defining song for me. Creating it has given me a clearer understanding of what musically makes me happy, and that’s truly what I want out of the process of making music: happiness.”
The song is taken from his upcoming, as yet untitled EP – which will be released by Haight Brand, the label founded by Chance the Rapper’s biz partner Pat the Manager.