“Nailed” flows right into the next tune, “Nails Over Munjoy”, carrying over the power rap and adding synthetic, chiming bells as a subtle divider between the two tracks. These potent lyrics move the listener to gather that the content is about Walker’s self-expectations in music, timing and in life. “Them Get You… Them Got You Part 1” feat. k-the-i contains massive beats, and a strong guitar loop over two notes in two chords.
The over drone of guitar grasps at some sort of Middle Eastern timbre, which really gives the track a sense of fervour. The vocals represent a type of homage to past love spawned through his passion for the sea. At the chorus, the BPM doubles and the vocals add to the layers, which dissolve at the end how, they all began. In “Omen” jdwalker lays electric guitar scratches over rap melodic vocals.
Walker flosses through thought processes leading to the main point of the poetics… doing things on his own terms. The track fades out to “Moment Over Arizona” includes a sermon about being consumed in ideas and expression, with harmonica instrumental over top, that embraces high frequencies and effects. “Since Saturday” possesses synthetic, clashy blips and hefty bass drum and features bluebird, who sermonizes on how pop culture has absorbed many of us. He leaves lots of room in the beat for the lyrics and bleubird recaps the qualities of Aesop Rock.
It fades out on an 80’s style pop-rock synth. “Maine Wharf” features bassy rips and tears open a saw-sounding beat effect, which is the basis for this lullaby. With the vocals chasing each other, the effects resemble one that the Cure uses. I don’t particularly like the vocals; this is my least favourite track on the album.
“The Two Six” beat is not what you expect. Once the rapping enters, it makes sense. I think this track is genius. It thrusts with energy.
The production and the form are amazing. There’s an abundance of bass drum and underneath the organized chaos is really cool guitar strumming, which is fundamental to the layering effect. The atmospheric “Red Sky Morning” is harmonized like a Gregorian chant. The bass drum, tapping of another drum, bass line and vocals make the eerie period sustain to a point where a short 70’s harmonized guitar solo matches the bass line and initiates the fade out.
Our Condition Blueside jd-walker reappeared a couple of years back as Logan Projects. Before that he was Sole’s partner in Live Poets. The first group launched by the then unknown Anticon crew back in 1996. Vocally JD has the same haunted presence as Sole - very downbeat and moody.
Production from Blucyde, Smerk and Lifelike. The cover art was designed by Sole as well. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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