Words: Dylan Murphy
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The word “raw” gets thrown about comment sections like crumbs of bread for pigeons. It’s become so ubiquitous in online conversations about emerging artists that it’s now almost a disposable term for any act that shouts loudly or has a “lo-fi” aesthetic. What’s more is, with the accessibility of the internet and modern technology the pure quantity of artists releasing music online means it’s easier than ever to get your tracks out there, but arguably harder to cut through the noise.
With all that in mind, we tend to be cautious about descriptions, but when we hear something we really like, we shout about it.
New York native Santangelo caught our ear with fierce lyrics derived straight from the belly of the beast on ‘Bliss’, a self produced track sees the rapper let the handbrake off in a visceral response to the anxieties of modern living.
Equal parts claustrophobic and self-loathing, the track’s monochrome visuals, unnerving production and visceral vocal delivery coalesce to produce what feels like a tension headache you can mosh to.
The first single from his forthcoming full length record AdWorld, ‘Bliss’ is an unfiltered introduction to the mind of the east coast upstart and a raw slice of rage that’s best played loud.
Watch the video for ‘Bliss’ below:
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