Frederick, the First – “Spit You Out”


Showing a charismatic pop sound driven by bass-led suaveness and a climactic vocal build, “Spit You Out” is the latest single from Los Angeles-based artist Frederick, the First. Impressing last month with the track “So Good,” the project continues its ascent with a smart, polished pop production — conveying a relatable thematic emphasis on how self-doubt can fester into something equivalent to a “slow death.”

The initial lyrics bid adieu to a toxic relationship — “it’s been four years and seven months of relief, to have you dead and gone from my life.” Retrospections of an ex’s poor attitude build into the bass-friendly title-touting hook, playing with anthemic vigor in forgetting a form of belittlement-laden toxicity. Flashes of guitar in the final minute enamor amidst the various vocal presentations, balancing funky high-pitched rises with a more stream-of-conscious lead vocal feeling. “Spit You Out” is another firm success from Frederick, the First, who elaborates further on the track’s themes:

“I think anyone who’s ever been alive can relate to the experience of having been told they’re utterly worthless in one way or another and swallowed it whole; walked away and said, “Yeah that’s about right”. Swallowing such poison leads to a slow death, an erosion of every gift that made you great, that made you who you were. And then in pursuit of relief you move to change yourself as you mistakenly chase an ideal of who you should be or should have been but only according to another. Then almost as if by some stroke of luck, or the grace of God Himself, you wake up to find that you had been fighting a monstrous shadow on the wall cast by a mouse in the candle light. You swallowed it all and all of it was trash. They were wrong, you were right and it’s time for a purging, a cleansing, it’s time to spit it out.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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