To begin a review of this project, Chyme’s Acknowledgement, it is important that I state one of my most revered quotes about the subjectivity of art. This will be the guiding principle and yardstick for judging this work.
“There are neither good not bad subjects. From the point of pure arts, you could almost establish it as an axiom that the subject is irrelevant, style itself being an absolute manner of seeing things.” – Gustave Flaubert.
As far as Chyme’s Acknowledgement EP goes, the pleasure and thrill of enjoyment will be based on one’s choice in music and understanding of a number of elements, one being the desire to listen to new sounds that are not primarily tilted towards the Afro (beats) and all its paraphernalia.
While some might see it as an experimental gibberish, for others it is an introduction to a new act, bringing a certain aesthetic to alté, trap and dancehall music. In this EP, Chyme is subtly not looking at the present, he is not seeking to break into the industry ( although that is one reason for putting out the project as an upcoming act). In truth, Chyme is projecting into the future such that in years to come, this EP will be remembered as an eclectic work.
While most of the songs are not such ‘bop-your-head-to’ and gravitate your body to them feel, at their root is the true element of what the generation Z will enjoy and a celebration of youth and the perks that come with being young, wild and free.
In Preface, which is a trap song, Chyme raps and introduces you to his sound. He says, “When you up, everybody on your case. When you down, nobody gon’ show face.” Towards the end of the 1-minute plus track, he says “I’m just gon drop my shit.” At the core of every rapper is a sense of braggadocio and sheer bravado. In case you missed it, this is Chyme tweaking that part of his career.
Like Dat with K-T3 is a trap-reggae based song. It is sheer bravado to say, “this the song you’ve been waiting for.” The song sounds like something to drop when you’re still in ecstasy mood, with puffs of smoke surrounding you. The song will definitely have its place among the playlist of Gen Zs and those who vibe to such sound.
Outta line has that Afro-reggae vibe that you’ll love to have blast from the speakers while you drive or during time out with friends. The juxtaposition between the previous track and this one is very smooth. It is a beautiful link that would do well in a mash up. The xylophone tune at the end is also beautiful.Noelle and Slide have the true “Nigerianess” embedded all over them. At face value, they might not seem tilted towards the Nigerian audience, but in reality they are. Imagine you have a free canvas and decide to paint your thoughts. These songs are a beautiful recreation of the thoughts.
For this writer, Extra reminds him of the reggae artiste, Alkaline. It has his range but with a sprinkle of the Afrobeats Nigerians are known for. Chyme excels here. Suave/Swerve is a trap song with powerful drum underneath and an intelligently played string instrument.
Infinity is a dreamy song about life and the challenges that come with living, loving, being a creative, making art, existing, having friends, dealing with grief and voyaging through life. It is too many things wrapped into one song, but not forced down your throat, because they are relatable. It has the same sync with Powfu’s Death Bed (Coffee for your head)
All in all, this music will select its audience. If you love it, you’ll love it and understand what it represents. If it’s not for you, you’ll debate why anyone should play it and listen to this modern, alternative balderdash. It is however, understandable if you do not understand the music. This writer will in the spirit of true humanity plead with you to not push this sound away. If it doesn’t bang at first listen, it would grow on you.
This is a project that talks about life and the peculiarities that come with being an artist. The songwriting is to be envied and the overall production, including the sequencing of tracks.
That said, who designed the album cover art? It has no appeal and that might be a turn off, but kudos to Chyme for this work. It will be remembered when he makes it to the limelight.Photo Credit: Instagram