Introducing a humble set-up and notable display of vulnerability – rapper and artist Atholic gets deeply personal in his detailing of turmoil throughout an open and revealing Psycho.
Featuring a series of strong rhymes that surprise at the end of short bars – the likes of which promise initial familiarity but grit and honesty to follow – Psycho has the sound and production simplicity of the modern indie scene. However, it also introduces an artist with a clear passion for the writing side of rap; a refreshing quality these days.
Increasingly intense as the vocal energy and details subtly evolve throughout, the track showcases a commitment to the concept and delivery. Atholic makes the most of this moment, pouring his soul into the process with a nostalgic edge of humanity that’s again a breath of fresh air in the current climate.
Though the style is somewhat minimalist, the voice is cleanly mixed, and in the end it’s the lyrics and overall mood that connect for their realness and struggle.