The whole thing is subtly powerful, entrancing for its sense of space and colour, and the heavy contrast between that and the tiredness and melancholy in the lyrics.
A beautiful song, lyrically refreshing, structurally simple yet subtly creative in the same instance – long-form bars intertwine with shorter fragments of ideas. Delicacy meets with grit – images of peace are contrasted by those of violence; again subtly, just prominent enough to leave a mark.
The love story is tried and tested, known by most and represented vastly in music, but in the case of (this love is) eternal, the whole thing has been given a new lease of life – a new angle, a new manner of expression.
“I am challenging the listener to create their own perspective on what the songs really mean and look beyond the face value of the lyrics.”
Taking inspiration from the likes of Lil Peep, along with a more classically trip-hop-influenced aura, Dutch’s latest album is one that effectively fuses skills from his acoustic past with a deeply thoughtful and contemporary writing style – ultimately offering a strong remedy for the chaos and noise of the modern world.
Downer is an artist who drives with a sense of purpose on this latest single. Overgrow is a hard pill to swallow, but the sort that many listeners crave in times of personal turmoil and isolation.
Astral Planes is beautiful, a late night anthem for hip hop and trip hop fans alike. There’s a smooth pop groove to the whole thing, plus a clean finish yet one that still lets the dreamlike aura of the backdrop wash over you in a hypnotic way.
Following the release of his single Paranoid, we caught an interview with artist and songwriter Ghost Polo to find out more about the music, his creative journey so far, and his hopes for the future. Here’s the conversation in full. * * * Hey – thanks for the interview! Congrats on the release of Paranoid – what … Continued
Ghost Polo drives with a genuinely thoughtful aura and a surprisingly heavy and artistic musicality on this latest release. While there are familiar elements to the track – the emo rap vibe, the melancholy mood – for the most part, it paves its own way; adhering to whatever the artist appears to be feeling in each instance.
Ajak Krak takes listeners down a vintage pathway of vinyl crackles and gentle jazz ambiance with this latest release. More than that though, the song’s specific intention pours through lyrically on top of the soundscape, creating an unexpected yet notably artistic contrast that’s surprisingly captivating to listen to.
Carefully fusing a crisp acoustic guitar sound and a thick yet mellow drum-line, a uniquely recognizable hip hop backdrop supports this emotional rap flow and story-line from bich toe.
You still get that calming, entrancing escapism, but you also get to feel an authentic shared understanding with the man behind the music – an essence of pure performance and songwriting – and that makes it all the more valuable for the listener.