Listen to Ziek McCarter’s searing soul protest song ‘Free N’ Brave’

A few months back I caught Ziek McCarter singing with Con Brio. They closed the set with the searing disco/soul protest song reminiscent of Sly Stone, “Free N’ Brave.” It felt intensely relevant and necessary—and has only become more so, following the police brutality and subsequent protests in Ferguson.

At long last, McCarter—lead singer of Con Brio and The Soul Train Revival— finally released a studio recording of the single on Tuesday. It’ll appear on his upcoming EP “Eden,” which drops this November. McCarter dedicates the song to his father — an Army veteran who died as a victim of police violence.

Listen below.