Thursday, March 19, 2020

Album Review: Duncecap - miserable then EP

miserbale then EP
**and1/2 out of *****

The Brooklyn based MC Duncecap newest EP miserable then is his maturing coming of age record, a moody EP based on fear, pain, relationship dissolution and self hatred. The dour sonic pasture of the record is crafted by ELUCID (Armand Hammer) who collaborate on production of the experimental offering.

The record starts off with "Waste Of Money" which dives into the bile of consumerism and self worth/hatred over heavy industrial beats with scratching from Samurai Banana and rhymes in a light Eminem vein. Duncecap moves exclusively to spoken word over actually sampled water droplets in "Sometimes I Walk in the Rain" dealing poetically with sex and isolationism.

"To Love Your Enemy is to Love Yourself" moves from the physical to the philosophical with slow bumps and scratching and added guitar from Andrew Gialanella; artsy work like this track elevate Duncecap's style.  The artist moves back to more straight laced hip hop with "What I Have Done To Myself" adding Quelle Chris to rhyme about the cycle of drinking/blacking out.

The short EP wraps up "Who Knows?" using EUCLID's echoing marching beats and light singing to deal with a failed relationship and the pain and future that rolls out after. Duncecap calls himself a piece of shit on almost every track, but hopefully the feeling is only artistic as miserable then proves the artist has interesting sonic structures and tales to offer. 
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