New York-based songwriter, drummer, and composer Malick Koly has shared “Heaven for Now,” the latest taste from his upcoming EP Feel Bad Fest, which will be released on August 18. The new track, featuring Ron Carter and Vernon Reid, was executively produced by Steve Jordan, who is celebrated for his work with The Rolling Stones, the SNL and Late Night with David Letterman bands, the John Mayer Trio, and more.
On “Heaven,” contemplative acoustic guitar chords back Koly’s powerful, affecting voice. The lo-fi tinged grunge anthem will deservedly earn comparisons to explosive alt-rock acts of the ’90s and 2000s. Regarding the track’s origins, Koly explains, “The melody for ‘Heaven for Now’ came about somewhere around the end of last year. My friend and collaborator Paul Cuffari and myself co-wrote the guitar idea after I had told him about this B&W movie I was inspired by called Nebraska...it was very fascinating that the whole motion picture was carried out by this beautiful folk soundtrack.”
He adds, “Once we laid that idea down, I wrote the lyrics shortly after because it was a period where I had started to verbalize feelings that pertained to a spiritual period of my life further back in time, so this track was definitely focused on the development of my pen as a songwriter.”
Listen to “Heaven for Now” below, or stream it here.