With the release of its sophomore album, Leaves, Sidewalk Chalk continues to lead the contemporary evolution of hip-hop, soul, and jazz. The band’s roots are firmly planted in Chicago, where all eight members bring their respective talents together to update a sound first heralded in the Native Tongues era but never so musically diverse. The group’s unique arrangement allows them to incorporate numerous styles seamlessly: an MC and female vocalist; a trio of keys, bass, and drums; a horn section with trombone and trumpet; and a tap dancer. In contrast to the band's 2012 debut release, Corner Store, this new album finds the group venturing into a grittier space and capitalizing on a subtle approach that is at times hauntingly beautiful. Leaves represents change, both the loss of something dear and the excitement of exploring something new.
In 2008 Kiernan McMullan signed his first record deal with Warner Brothers' sub label 111 records. These days, you'll find McMullan with a van and an impressive musical resume, having shared stages with acts such as Sheryl Crow, Colbie Callait, Sublime, Meg and Dia, and the Proclaimers, to name just a few. With his full-length record, Perfect People Are Boring, and his more recent acoustic E.P., The Best Part, both released to a very enthusiastic grassroots following, the anticipation is building to hear his newest record, Common Sense, recorded in July 2014.
Watch Sidewalk Chalk's official video of "Grocery List" here: