Haunting production intrigues from the outset, before an unexpectedly explosive outpouring of cleanly-mixed bars elevates things within seconds. DARKEN is the artist, Back the debut anthem raising the bar for its volume, grit, character and anthemic simplicity all combined.
From one verse to the next, DARKEN captivates with faultless rhythm and superb control across a plethora of flows. The delivery varies throughout, holding tight to the listener’s interest as the eerie soundscape and beat roll on and on. Always we resolve back to the music and the easily memorable repeat of that title sentiment.
Gritty by nature and seemingly freestyle – only with strength of rhythm and story to contest that – Back feels intensely purposeful at first, later confidently fearless, and ultimately scornful, self-driven and revealing. The final moments reflect on the self, the climb, and whatever the future may hold.
It’s an anthem for self-development and success, at its core, but the lyrics and wordplay that guide us to this peak offer a multitude of images, scenes and uncertainties that appear as genuinely original.
In addition, the DARKEN voice sounds born to perform in this way, and that classically clean mix allows the tone to prove all the more recognisable. Hopefully there’s plenty more music to come.
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