Welcome to the new year. I'm happy you're here, and so is Ken M.
Ken M's prior studio project "Climb", while it did have its emotional potency in essence, didn't have the intense calibre of instrumentation, performance, and delivery that I was looking for in a project with such heart and soul. The closer "Fear" is just one of those tracks that grips you to the core, despite its lo-fi/DIY mood. The record really feels like you're taking a deep dive into the head of the artist in question, presented with the thoughts of the troubled youth.
The new, self-titled effort from the smalltown bedroom pop artist blows me away on every listen. The jarring switch from an organic, natural sound to this more brutal, spacey, electronic whirlwind is surely a treat for the listener. It's always so inspirational to see the level of musical maturity an artist goes through in the span of just a year, as this example is just so spectacular.
What really holds the reigns on this newest release is the surprising level of experimentation that pervades the humble tracklist, a cascading effect of the inner psyche, if you will. Ken M's increasing maturity as a musician comes full circle towards the middle bit of this project (i.e. "Fantasize", "Alone") with some of the most hard-hitting lyrical junctions he's ever explored. It's a bit endearing to know that the person you're listening to is brave enough to take hold of the listener's emotions like this.
One last thing I'd like to mention about this fascinating release is that the artist's delivery and performance shows a steep growth as well. Ken M's tone as a vocalist is a lot more steady, reserved, and passionate here, even sometimes under the beautifully-layered electronic timbres.
Footprints on the soul, ingrained to the heart. THANK YOU KEN!
Color: Orange and Blue
FAV TRACKS: all of them!
LEAST FAV: n/a