Fans of NBC show Parks and Recreation may remember the last episode of season two, “Freddy Spaghetti,” in which government auditors make cuts to departments in response to a government shutdown, subsequently canceling a huge park concert featuring beloved children’s performer Freddy Spaghetti. The main character and department head Leslie Knope organizes a clandestine event in the back lot of her friend Ann’s house to circumvent the team behind the cuts. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but everything turns out A-OK in the end.
Blake Skowron, Chicago-based producer and beatmaker, recently dropped an EP featuring a song called “Freddy Spaghetti.” While there is little parallel between the song and the episode, I can’t help but feel a sense of triumph while listening to it, much like Leslie felt after putting on the event despite the odds. The track imbues a keen sense of positivity with an energetic driving force that pulls from all the elastic twists and turns of the toplines. From a clean beginning to a darker, deeper-cut second half, “Freddy Spaghetti” is almost a sonic antiparallel storyline to the episode.
Listen to Blake Skowron’s “Freddy Spaghetti” below and check out the episode here. Dive into the full Cloyde EP out now.