TRACK REVIEW: Spencer Ludwig “Best Life”

It’s a new year, folks. As festival season gears up with Coachella and Bonnaroo lineup announcements, it’s time to dance through the rest of winter with eyes focused on the spring! “Best Life” is a light-hearted romp made for a feel-good movie soundtrack.

You may have heard Spencer Ludwig’s music before; as the original trumpeter for Capital Cities, Ludwig seems to excel at crafting deliciously sweet pop music. He’s also played with Foster the People, Fitz and the Tantrums, and St Lucia, an experience he says helped him figure out what audiences respond to best. His tunes have been featured in Target, Herbal Essences, and Royal Caribbean campaigns; your niece may have even  introduced you to his first single “Diggy,” featured on Just Dance 18.

“Best Life” picks up where “Diggy” leaves off, employing every EDM trick in the book: a trumpet, falsetto, a deep voice repeating the name of the song… and yet, it’s rather charming earworm effect. Its hook could easily be featured in an ABC sitcom or a Maybelline commercial. On the track, the trumpet comes off a bit canned; however YouTube videos of Ludwig reveal an accomplished trumpeter and performer, so the stiff aftertaste of the recorded trumpet is sure to loosen up live.

But don’t overthink it, folks. It’s a new year, so leave your cynical self in 2018. Enjoy the cheese.

Take a listen to “Best Life” below: