Terrell Hines releases the video for “Feel Good”, directed by Possum Hill, taken from Hines’ debut EP on Capitol Records/Virgin Records, St. Mark Rd.
Boasting over a million streams, Hines is not only a songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, but his mind isn’t quite like other people’s. Hind’s is the feature on the title track of Beck’s latest, album “Hyperspace” and people’s first exposure to his vision came during a 2019 Apple Keynote. With influences as broad as Outkast, Joy Division, Four Tet, and Gullah music, the St. Mark Rd. EP, is a mere peek into the wildness that’s coming.
The core of his sound is a living mix of eerie soul, alt-pop, hip-hop, post-punk, and southern funk, but Hines is a world-builder with a voracious mind. This Georgia-born, Los Angeles-based visionary has created an entire ecosystem for his songs, where sonic structures and lyrics are just as likely to be inspired by the socio-political as they are the personal, by functional architecture as abstract art, by the austere science of survivalism as the limitless potential of technology. The best part is, you don’t have to know all that to feel the holistic magic of Hines’ work. We hear immediacy, exuberance, freedom, and ingenuity — music as surprising as it is captivating — while he sees a burning question: “If shit popped off and society had to be rebuilt,” asks Hines, “how would I do it?”
The concept that drives his music — an even split of postmodern and post-apocalyptic — is how he funnels all his obsessions into what he does best. He’s a renaissance man who can be found devouring books on linguistics, synesthesia, or evolutionary psychology in his downtime. Or considering which metals one would want to gather following a catastrophe, then actually sampling those metals in the studio. “I’m trying to engineer the future,” says Hines.