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Ekali released a new music video for his single “Forgot How To Dream” featuring sultry vocals from K. Flay, a single from his debut EP, Crystal Eyes, released late last year. Through lush synths and lethargic drums, the track glides along with K. Flay’s reflective candor into bouts of saddened guitar melodies and harsh percussion.
Now, with a new accompanying video feature, we’re introduced to a young Ekali, daydreaming about seeing his name in lights. Beautiful views, beach parties, and international travel cast a vision of happiness, luxury, and life experiences he hoped to fulfill. Now that he’s there, the lyric and video contrast imply that he’s reached his wildest dreams when he was a kid and is perhaps a little lost on what else he can dream up next. The “Babylon” artist has spoken openly about issues with mental health before, using his new video to showcase a beautifully introspective, melancholy narrative that depicts a mindset of those who’ve achieved their seemingly wildest dreams.
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It seems with a single stroke of his pen, Ekali has swiftly solidified his leafy emblem near the crest of the EDM pyramid.
For an inaugural EP, it would be hard for an artist in the electronic circuit to fathom a better threesome of label-housings than an OWSLA, Big Beat, and Atlantic trifecta; Ekali has managed to acquire exactly that for this watershed notch in his still rather formative release history. A frequent and well sought-after collaborator, the Canadian producer hosts a series of esteemed guests to help the listener navigate the glistening Crystal Eyes topography, including K. Flay, Medasin, Elohim, and SLUMBERJACK. The release will coincide with a North American tour, making stops across major musical hotbeds in the US and Vancouver.
Ekali uses the EP to first and foremost demonstrate his ability to wander spacious experimental sonic terrains while primarily keeping one foot grounded in pop sensibility. His track with K. Flay, for example, sees the producer wield the songstress’s notoriously moody pop vocals to accentuate his woefully drawn out guitar chords and wistful synth twinkling. At the other end of Ekali’s emotional rainbow, with exquisitely nuanced support from Medasin and Elohim, “Forever,” invites the listener inside its halcyon fortress of bouncy, beat-privy idealism. Crystal Eyes is a glimpse inside Ekali’s all at once flourishing and fragmented inner world. The EP functions terrifically as a hallmark of Ekali’s affinity for wide-reaching emotion, unfettered energy, and a perceptive level of adventurousness when it comes to his ever-evolving sound design.
Notes on this week’s popular music efforts:
- Following last week’s excellent Monsters it’s two-for-two in the whole ‘Saara Aalto gradually unveils the three songs she’s putting forward for Eurovision’ escapade. This one’s a simile-strewn semiballad about a wrecking ball hitting a domino, although surely the whole thing about the ‘falling like a domino’ image is that dominos famously fall quite easily and therefore wouldn’t require heavy duty shoving equipment?
- The week’s best song comes from Kim Petras, who officially hit superstar status on January 25 with the release of the Faded video and is currently in the position of twiddling her thumbs while she waits for the rest of the world to catch up.
- Hannah Jane Lewis has released a sparky new single called Aftershock, which is a tribute to everyone’s favourite morning tipple.
- As usual Tracey Thorn is brilliant.
- The new Chainsmokers single has some nice bits in it. Sick Boy, their last track, was quite interesting as well. Do you think that by the time their next album’s out they might have transformed into something fairly excellent? Look we’re just throwing ideas around here, nothing’s set in stone.
- Fuck knows what’s happening in the new SOPHIE song.
- And finally Muse have got a hilarious new single out. WATCH OUT GUYS THERE’S SOME THOUGHT CONTAGION!! Thank God Muse are here to make sense of the world!!! “Hey but they put on a great show, you should really see them live” — no we shouldn’t, they’ll just play a load of Muse songs.
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