Ebullient, sweet, and brimming with celebratory body-positive lyricism, “Swing” is Jose Gonzalez’s latest single prior to the release of his latest album, Local Valley, due for release on September 17th. It’s melodic and rhythmic, with clear Caribbean and West African influences evident in the light, layered guitar work, and looping percussion.
Gonzalez explains in a statement:
“It’s a song about dancing and following your natural impulses. It’s ok to move your butt whoever you are, wherever you are!”
Despite the growth of the body-positive movement, Instagram and other popular media still tend to send the unwanted, inaccurate, and unwarranted message that if you don’t look a certain way, you don’t look acceptable. “Swing” turns that bullcrap on its head, and reminds us that we’re all allowed to celebrate our bodies, no matter what they look like - and what better way to do that than by shaking what your mama gave ya? Just like the natural choreography present in nature - the movement of birds flying in formation, waves crashing on the shore, forest leaves swaying in the wind - there’s an inherent liberation and joy in moving your body naturally and freely. And that, my friends, is what this song is all about:
"Swing what your mama gave you
Swing your bum like seaweed
Swing what your papa gave you
Swing your hands like forest leaves"