Freeman Young x The Blue Pill



Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Freeman Young drops his debut EP TheBlue Pill today. The EP features his new single “Red Pill,” alongside his previously released tracks “Running Back” and “No Nevermind.”


The four-track The Blue Pill EP goes down like a revelatory coming-of-age story set to a soundtrack of blissful post-alternative R&B psychedelia. Freeman discusses this awakening with candor by offering the following observation: “A lot of awesome experiences went south tryna keep my vice grip on my outdated beliefs and ideals. I did my utmost to be transparent about it on the records—even when I didn’t see a way out. These records were written with a lot less hindsight than this writeup was,he laughs.

To be in the moment with Freeman is to live through his transformation on the likes of the kinetic first single “Running Back” and its spiritual successor “Awreddy.” Meanwhile, the dreamy harmonies of “No Nevermind” double as “the genesis of all the stories in the album.Everything ultimately culminates on the new single and finale “Red Pill.” A hypnotic choir gives way to breathy confessions as his rapid cadence builds towards an echoing admission, “I took the red pill anyway,just above sweeping synths.

Of the latter, he shares, “‘Red Pill’ is an anthem for the emotionally unavailable. At the time, no one could get through to me. It didn’t matter what you had to offer beyond the physical. All that was on my mind was escaping. I really wanted *out*. It took hella trial and error, but I finally agreed with myself to crack open the bonnet, take a hard look at myself, accept the reality of what’s there and what’s not and start the long and arduous task of rebuilding myself.”

Take The Blue Pill now and experience the journey with Freeman Young.

For as much as Freeman Young roots his music in smooth guitar, percussion and timbre, he also pins it to a singular journey as “a flawed kid” and boundary-agnostic musician. Freeman Young’s first chapter unfolded in the blue-collar city of Surrey, BC, Canada. Born to Jamaican immigrants, he grew up in a town of “houses from the seventies occupied by families who work three jobs. Inspired by everything from D’Angelo, Radiohead and Jeff Buckley to Kings of Leon and Coldplay, this mélange of influences ultimately dictated the course of his creativity. In between a series of short-lived projects, he played keyboards in a local reggae group, learning arrangements from much older members. During 2016, he co-founded production collective The Expo Liners alongside lifelong collaborator Xander Miller and friends Franco and Miguel Maravilla. They spent countless hours cooking up beats out of a house in Vancouver before eventually uploading a demo version of “Awreddy” to Soundcloud and stoking very early buzz. After agreeing, “Fuck it, let’s move to L.A. and see what happens, the four friends piled into a car and drove for 24 hours to the City of Angels. Freeman eventually inked a deal with Republic and crafted what would become his debut project in Los Angeles, introduced by the singles “Running Back” and “No Nevermind.”


A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Zendaya and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, Monkeywrench, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains long-standing strategic alliances with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G) and Hollywood Records. In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

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