Speeding through the airwaves in a manner that falls somewhere between Korn and Tyler, the Creator, WLK offers his unique take on musicality and lyricism in a bold way throughout the EP THE GRY. The collection hits hard and presents audiences with a series of undertones that touch on real issues and perspectives – the leading artist holds nothing back on delivery, and the single FKE FRNDS is a pretty strong starting point for all of this.
For a project that deals with the strain of heartbreak on our mental health, THE GRY is a pretty fitting title. Nothing is quite black and white in these areas, there’s a lot between the lines, and in addition, the world often loses a lot of its colour during times of turmoil. FKE FRNDS isn’t necessarily the most personally connected to this concept, or at-least it doesn’t seem that way on first listen. When you experience the whole EP in full though, beginning with the heart-breakingly honest, spoken-word-driven title track, each moment hits with a little more poignancy. FKE FRNDS means a whole lot more when it appears within the playlist that is THE GRY.
Musically, the CatSlash effect on this track brings about a definitely characterful ambiance – even within the project this is one of the more striking and industrially heavy compositions. It suits the angst and attitude of WLK’s performance and the high energy repetition of his delivery brilliantly. The whole thing quickly develops into this hypnotic, dark, all-encompassing instance of artistry – cleverly creating around you a somewhat uncomfortable or difficult head-space, thus reflecting the underlying sentiment of the project in a mighty way.