This is a totally refreshing listen right now. Driving with wholly captivating lyrics, the sort that leave you holding on intently for every bar and idea, Beauty is everything the title promises and then some. It’s an ode to a daughter from her father, it’s an ode to a brother – an ode to life and to staying positive, celebrating your own beauty and that of the world around you.
$TEPHON BROADWAY introduces his sound and style in a boldly impressive way. There’s a classic feel to the track, a nineties-inspired rhythm and soul soundscape meet with a crystal clear vocal that showcases no need whatsoever to hide behind effects or filler. On the contrary, the clarity is stunning, and the lyrics more than meet the bar set by this crisp sense of intimacy and confidence.
Set-up like a nostalgic, timeless hip hop hit, Beauty moves through compelling verses to the softly melodic repeat of a satisfying, subtly powerful hook. And despite the optimism, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies, BROADWAY keeps it real – the latter half sees a little more harsh truth pour through, drawing you in further and holding your attention all the more-so for this faultless authenticity.
Beautiful, inspiring and honest. Well worth adding to the long-term playlist.