Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

Hollywood's Bleeding by Post Malone & Swae Lee

2019, 1 track, 2 mins 38 sec

The as-of-yet unreleased animated feature film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a brand new movie focusing on the escapades of Miles Morales, one of the alternate-universe Spider-Men in the long-running comic book series. With Morales being a young man of African-American descent, the story revolves around how he deals with his newfound powers whilst still maintaining his appearance as a regular New York youth, with all the wonderful characteristics of the city & black culture coming into play along the story, giving black youth a new hero to get behind; Naturally, this means there’s a bit of Hip Hop influence in the movie as well, with much of the soundtrack feature Hip Hop-influenced tunes & a hip Alternative R&B aesthetic fit for the modern day – Post Malone & Swae Lee were granted the opportunity to throw their own track into the mix, coming up with what is arguably one of their most thematically-appropriate songs yet, “Sunflower.” Seeing as the movie borrows a lot from classic comics & even applies many of the eighties-aesthetic colour grading to its animation for that high-school Teen Drama look, Malone & Lee similarly try to recreate this energy with the song’s instrumentation, going for a mixture of modern SynthWave Hip Hop & the ethereal haze of classic New Wave music, making for a pleasantly serene soundscape full of disarmingly delightful melodies you can really put your head back & relax to; You’ve got big, billowing synth pads providing the basic bassline for the track, dreamy harp melodies supplying an angelic sheen to the entire experience, totally-vintage percussion sequencing for that retro 808-machine sound & a beautifully blissful chord progression to carry you from beginning to end as if on a cloud of serenity – With Malone being no stranger to Emo music, a product of the early days of Myspace when Emo ruled the airwaves, it makes sense that this nostalgic song would rely on the tender tones of that emotional genre, sounding much one of the more open-ended Brand New ballads or even one of Metro Station’s softer tunes.
Lyrically, things get a little bit muddied, as the narrative feels a little off compared to the property they’re working with, at least in terms of linguistic maturity – Malone & Lee find themselves speaking about a woman they’re both involved with, talking about how complicated their relationship is & how much stronger she is than either of them could ever be, the sunflower who remains standing even through the all the negativity they show to her on a constant basis, the two clearly somewhat negligent in their behaviour yet fascinated with everything about her; One moment they’re trying to leave her, the next they’re attempting to bed her up, Malone delivering lines like “she wanna ride me like a cruise and I’m not tryna lose,” making for a strange mix of relationship habits that seems like they’re promoting dysfunctional partnerships or something along those lines – Honestly, it’s all a bit confusing, but where it really feels a bit off is in how it doesn’t necessarily relate to the movie at all, not to mention it’s a bit mature in speak when you consider the typical age-range of this film’s viewers. You could say it’s about Mary Jane’s relationship with Spider-Man, but as far as the movie’s concerned this is a story about Miles Morales, not Peter Parker, plus it’s shown that Parker is much older with the possibility of Jane even being a dead character in this crossover universe; Then there’s the possibility of Gwen Stacy being the love interest of Morales in the film, but why would he be treating her poorly & why would Marvel be promoting a film where one of their characters wants to ‘ride’ the other ‘like a cruise’? On closer analysis, any of Malone & Lee’s lyrics in their careers are a bit shifty, but it’s the vibe that counts & the vibe here is absolutely stellar, with both artists sing-rapping in a real mellow manner, instantly soothing audiences & getting them in the mood for some exciting, thoughtful web-slinging.

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Written by @camjameson from Extraneous Routes

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Song Info

"Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)"

Songwriter

Austin Post, Khalif Brown, Scott Lang, Billy Walsh, Louis Bell

Released

  • Sep 06, 2019

Formats

  • Digital download
  • streaming

Label

  • Republic

Producer

  • Carter Lang
  • Louis Bell

Genres

  • Pop

Wiki

"Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)", more commonly known simply as "Sunflower", is a song performed by American recording artists Post Malone and Swae Lee for the soundtrack to the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The song was released as a single on October 18, 2018. It became Malone's third and Lee's first song as a soloist to top the Billboard Hot 100.
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