God, Rody’s lyrics are so much worse than Arif’s were (in my opinion). Rody’s lyrics are too upfront and lack the poetry that Arif’s lyrics had. Arif had a knack for filling his lyrics to the brim with abstractions and depth of meaning while maintaining a certain level of bad-assery.
As for the instrumentation, I never got into anything past ‘Scurrilous’ (I tried, but nothing gripped me) but this reminds me a lot of the ‘Kezia’ days (minus a lot of the attitude). It even has a little bit of ‘Fortress’ vibes as it favours that cleaner playing and production compared to ‘Kezia’. I’ve listened to the song a couple times and I don’t think its anything special in the context of their catalogue.
As for the video, its mostly compromised of overlapping paintings and live-action footage. Less of a music video and more of a visual companion to the music, if that makes sense. I bet its loaded with symbolism but I don’t care to unpack any of it because, frankly, I don’t care. In terms of pure visual appeal, its certainly passable.
Overall, it’s sort of hard to rate something like this. It’s hard to know how I would feel about this if I didn’t have albums like ‘Kezia’ and ‘Fortress’ as a reference point. But it’s impossible not to compare. The music video is fine but nothing remarkable.
6/10 – Decent