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This is Brymo’s second project in the year 2020 after his album, Yellow, earlier this year. The latter project was well received but a few months later he was involved in a sexual misconduct scandal . The lady in question never came forward to testify so he wasn’t prosecuted.
It didn’t stop an opinion on social media of him being sex predator from being formed though. He was dragged on Twitter especially by Women and Feminists who felt he was guilty. He vehemently denied the claims and went about responding and trolling all negative comments on the issue. What seemed to escalate the scandal at some point was when the details of a promo interview for Yellow, surfaced on the internet where he talks about how he derives inspiration from hedonism.
His inspiration for the album is easily seen on the album art and the title of the Ep. The title Libel refers to the allegations made against him.It is a 5 track EP that is a mangle of the different emotions he has had to go through during the ordeal. His sound is a mix of Soft rock and Alternative.
On Ascendancy, he refers to the dark period he felt immediately after the allegations were made and how music was the therapy that got him through it.
On Love and Paradoxes, he is grateful for the support his wife provides for him during this trying time. Some Lana Del Rey influence can be subtly heard.
Messiah complexes delve into the internal turmoil he faced, thoughts of self-doubt and how dark thoughts of depression filled his mind.
Phoenix is about to defiance and healing. It focuses on how he overcomes the thoughts plaguing him with the love of his wife and sheer force of will.On Time, the EP goes back down a dark road for the last time as he talks about the pessimism that preceded his healing process.
The production by Bigfoot is solid and the lyrics are well written. The album has a theme to it and it follows it progressively except for one obvious mistake of putting Time after Phoenix. Otherwise, this is a solid project and deserves a 7.5/10.