While we wait to see for the next Elhae project, he keeps us satiated with a new track that just whets our appetites all the more.
The interesting thing about this track is that it is very similar to other tracks by Elhae in terms of production except for the prominent kinetic snare that adds some extra energy to the dark and slow beat.This particular style of beat is starting to become dated that it being so central to so much music in the last ten years, so it can feel a little generic at times, but the overall sound of the beat itself is good. It makes you want to nod your head despite it being concertedly mid-tempo.
Elhae sounds good here…despite the autotune. The effect is a good fit for the track but not so obvious that it smacks the listener in the face with its robotic tinges. He, unlike some of his more prominent Canadian counterparts, has a smooth and more expressively heartfelt natural singing voice; it would have been hard to make that work for a track that is supposed to convey pensiveness (not impossible, but harder). We do get to hear his natural tone in parts of the backing vocals and as a bottom for some of the harmonies. This is just far enough out of what fans would expect from him in terms of sound but still similar to his preferred style that it can be bridge for an evolution in style on a new EP or album without feeling like a complete.
WhoisDread is a breath of fresh air on the track. Just as the monotonous tone of the track could make a listener tune out, he comes in with some good bars and a nice amount of energy. We would have loved to hear more interplay between the two, with the verses switching off more, but it’s nice to hear a feature that doesn’t feel wedged in.
The lyrics are pretty good. There’s nothing particularly new here, but it does tell the interesting story of a man who is dissatisfied with the path that love has taken in his life. It takes all the good things that we expect from fame and flips them into something corrupting; a concepts that also isn’t new but is welcomed due to it not being as explored as the “money, cash, hoes” perspective.