Dealing with personal difficulty in a confident yet openly vulnerable manner, Michigan’s Jack Kentros, just sixteen years of age, showcases fine attention to detail and a fearless manner of performance and writing throughout a vastly relatable Paranoid.
Offering a gentle acoustic riff for the backdrop, with a stop-start progression for impact and character, the release introduces an emo-rap hip hop artist with a clear sense of purpose to his work.
Self-mixed and mastered, a solo project with a welcomed feature from Jean Parker for further dynamic, Paranoid blends the intensity of bass and trap rhythms with the delicacy of dreamy synth-play and deeply emotive, cleanly-mixed vocals.
The lyrical outpouring feels like a diary entry, honest and uncertain, with a distinct story at its core but also just enough carefree contemporary references to meet the needs of the scene.
All in all, Kentros introduces himself well – it will be interesting to hear where else the music takes him in the coming months.
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