A heavy wash of production fuzz meets with crisp guitar riffs and a refreshingly upfront and vulnerable vocal lead for this contemporary emo-rap single from Flatlinerz.
Leading with an impressively immersive soundscape, Darkside is musically beautifully and well-connected to the implied mood of its lyrics. At the same time, the track builds up beautifully, offering a contrasting edge of uplifting energy to the progression – which works well to prevent things from falling too deeply into the depression of the concept.
Underneath this is the song’s subject matter, the lyrical delivery and performance – an aspect that grows more impressive as the whole thing evolves. Flatlinerz moves from melody to rap, from calmness to near-chaotic and passionate, faster-paced outpourings. As the pace increases, so does the personal detail and the revealing nature of the writing – allowing listeners to connect with the story, the openness, as well as the clear emotion in the voice and the music.
Coming in at barely past the 2.5 minute mark, Darkside leaves its imprint with ease – utilising only the essential moments, not stretching further than it needs to, and effectively walking the line between the sound of the moment and the unique artistry required to build a career.