Taking full advantage of an unexpected, minute-long instrumental intro, Mark Royal showcases a deeper sense of artistry than most for what is ultimately a smooth and dark fusion of hip hop and alternative pop.
Setting the mood over time, with a decidedly creative, somewhat experimental yet heavy and satisfying soundscape, Freefall offers immense bass-work, a trap-style beat, and a meandering, emotional vocal that progresses through various flows and melodies; until it finally resolves with the strangely optimistic moment that is the hook.
There’s something a little freestyle-like about some of the vocal moments on this track. It’s a trait that suits the concept of the song, and cleverly contrasts with the clear attention to detail made throughout the instrumental. The latter half in particular sees the pace really pick up, Royal venturing further into his head-space, allowing the intensity to rise and the music to support this, before it all falls away for another unsettling, quiet and spacious, melodic hook.
Contrast is utilized to a fine degree, the arrangement moving from silence to subtle insanity in the blink of an eye, the emo-rap aura juxtaposing this unpredictable manner of composition. The whole thing proves notably unique, recognizable after a single listen, and at past the 4.5 minute mark – it’s an epic dedication to the subject matter and the aim of the performance.