Freddie Sunshine’s bustling single “Don’t Keep Me”

Gruff vocals are laid over fractured guitar beats that fizzle with a crackle of distortion to create a dreamy, spacey tune that’s charming, mesmerizing and a little rough around the edges.
24 June 2022

By Elle B

Don’t Keep Me is a recent indie-pop-rock release from Freddie Sunshine, an all-encompassing artist who produces, records and engineers virtually everything he has released so far. The Chicagoan artist cites Kanye West, Bloc Party, Postal Service, Bakar, and Bad Bunny as his top influences.

On this single, Freddie’s gruff vocals are laid over fractured guitar beats that fizzle with a crackle of distortion to create a dreamy, spacey tune that’s a little rough around the edges. It’s charming, mesmerizing, and the kind of song that gets under your skin and stays with you long after it ends. 

The lyrics tell a story of impatience, ‘’Don’t keep me waiting here for long’’ and you can feel this kind of simmering agitation in the repetitive beats, ‘’bus and then bus and then bus and then train’’, that so effectively imitates the tedium of public transport when you’re in a rush to get somewhere. This kind of vivid, almost cinematic style of storytelling through music is something that Freddie clearly has a gift for. The way he matches his words so perfectly to the rhythm and the beat gives this tune such a satisfying snap and buzz, and it is this kind of fine detail that makes Don’t Keep Me stand out as such a well-made piece of music.

Don’t Keep Me comes from Freddie’s new EP ‘’it’s ok, i’m okay’’ which you can check out in its’ entirety on Spotify.