When Portland native and Seattle transplant Luck-One released his True Theory project at a post-SXSW Jet Set in March, I quickly latched on to "Sounds of My City" as not only one of the record's best tracks but one of the Northwest's best of the year. And now, it's been given a new life through some panoramic and literal visuals.
The introductory bottom-third text, true-life narration that only adds to his storied narrative, reads: "In the Summer of 2010, Luck-One lost half his hours and wages. Faced with paying his rent or funding his music, Luck-One chose his music." By revealing that piece of the puzzle, the song becomes that much more honest, and watching him hop out of the back of a well-worn hatchback becomes a humbling glimpse of his real-life struggle with homelessness as well as the positivity and progression that allowed the music to survive.
Though panning city shots make it clear Luck is drawing on Portland as his city, before the video it was easy enough to visualize "SOMC" as a Seattle song too--and that's the beauty of the track. More than a hometown anthem, it's a discussion of priorities and experiences, the universality that he's so talented at capturing.
"Sounds of My City" is available for free download, and the record is up on iTunes. Luck also plays a free show this Sunday with Hi-Life Soundsystem and DJ Swervewon at the Nectar--doors open at 6 p.m., and at that price, you don't have much of an excuse to miss it.