An artist who lives in relatively anonymity, CemeteryFlowers has been making music in the UK for just over a year. Revelling in the solitude the solitude of the artistic practise, his work is built on the simple idea of himself, a laptop, and a microphone, locked away in a studio apartment where is free to think and create freely. A newcomer to the emo-rap scene, his work has evolved quickly, and with the release of ‘Yung Existential Dread’, CemeteryFlowers has begun to earn his spot within the community.
Built from the DIY underbelly of rap that has risen from SoundCloud, ‘Yung Existential Dread’ is a mixed back of deft, eclectic beats and bewildering vocals. It’s an album of nine idealistic tracks that act as a direct insight into CemeteryFlowers’ life and creative process, and through his combination of selective lyrics and free flowing beats, he’s managed to create a sound that can really resonate with an audience.
The main issue is that while the beats are wonderfully built and maintained, the vocals are tainted by an overwhelming display of digital distortion that takes the magic out of almost every track. Take ‘Rotting Out’ and ‘The Ghost of You’ (a clever reworking of the My Chemical Romance song), both tracks are made from a glistening array of beats that portray a subtle sense of emotion, but then the electronic drone of the levelled vocals cuts in, eclipsing the melody with a wash of often indecipherable noise.
It’s such a sad event when there is so much potential on display and listening to ‘Yung Existential Dread’ you can’t help but wonder, how good would it sound without all that distraction and just with honest vocals.