Coming off the release of the intensely personal opus that was Brick Body Kids Still Daydream released last year, Los Angeles-based rapper and comedian Open Mike Eagle has revealed a new track, “Relatable (peak OME),” in anticipation of a soon to arrive new project What Happens When I Try to Relax. A dense layering of biting social commentary and sharp humor delivered in Mike’s now characteristic mix of exasperation and desperation, “Relatable (peak OME)” takes only a few verses before its permanently bouncing around in your head. Sublime synth twinkling and smooth jazz brass medley’s aside, which are such a delightful staple of Mike’s music, on the surface the new track is a delirious attempt at persuasion that fights tooth and nail to establish its subject as someone accessible to other people. But like all of Mike’s pieces, there’s an underlying anxiousness and wild-eyed desire that struggles to get at the heart of issues that interrupt and upset our little worlds–the only difference is that this time, he’s juggling them all at once between every jagged turn of his lyrics. The first act of “Relatable (peak OME)” pivots on a sense of self-doubt and burgeoning insecurities, while the second uses that angst to hone in on issues of politics and race. While it attempts to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time, another penchant of Mike’s, the track is a viscerally honest plea to unveil all the dizzying concerns that seem to weigh heavy on the mind and heart of its creator. And, not so surprisingly, at its core, it’s quite relatable.
“It’s too complicated for a quick explanation,” Mike said of the song. “It’s about a lot of things. It’s about expectations of form, anxiety, middle age, and middle class. And that’s just the parts I know how to put into words a couple months after writing it.”
Listen to Open Mike Eagle’s new song “Relatable (peak OME)” below!
Open Mike Eagle will be heading on tour this fall, making an appearance at the Adult Swim Festival in Los Angeles on September 28. Visit his website and Facebook to stay updated on future releases and tour announcements.
9/27 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Music House
9/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Adult Swim Festival
10/19 – Den Haag, Netherlands @ Paard
10/20 – Darmstadt, Germany @ Oetinger Villa
10/21 – Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
10/22 – Berlin, Germany @ Kantine Am Berghain
10/23 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Stings of Autumn Festival
10/24 – Warszawa, Poland @ Smolna 38
10/25 – Barcelona, Spain @ Arrte
10/26 – Paris, France @ Centre Culturel Hip Hop
11/5 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
11/6 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
11/8 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
11/12 – Tustin, CA @ Marty’s On Newport
11/13 – Tempe, AZ @ Coca-Cola Sun Deck at Sun Devil Stadium
11/16 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage
11/17 – Houston, TX @ The Bronze Peacock at House of Blues Houston
11/18 – Dallas, TX @ Dada DaLLAS
11/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar