By: Mike Mullen
Major League Baseball has a long, long season, with a ton of games and a lot of downtime.
We now know Minnesota Twins pitcher Trevor May spends some of that time dreaming up sweet, techno-flavored dance beats. May, now in his third year with the team, released a single called “Balvenie,” named for a popular brand of Scotch, on his Bandcamp page on Tuesday.
As songs named after whisky written by professional baseball players go, this is not what you’d expect. Described as “a house tune built to invoke groovy, techno vibes,” May’s solo work definitely accomplishes this goal. The song is streaming free online, but you can also buy it for $1, with proceeds going to support the Twins Community Fundcharity.
The music is trippy, atmospheric, and, like a lot of electronic dance music, falls into that difficult-to-navigate valley between irresistibly hypnotic and annoyingly repetitive. Put it this way: No one’s accused the clean-living May of taking illicit substances in his playing career. But anyone who hears this song and starts dancing should be drug-tested immediately.
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