Written by: Dmonet (@DantonsInferno)
Finally, Swill's first complete project is released. Clocking in at three songs and a little longer than ten minutes, it is a quick but powerful first tape. It starts with Xanadu, a heavily layered cloud rap beat with very bare sounding vocals that put you in a reflective sad place. Dont get it twisted, he is a rapper, but he almost sings every word on this tape.
With lots of re-verb and transitions this song is powerful and immediately caught my attention. The sampling on this song is catchy and dreamy, On "Whims" he raps in a very similar style, but the production allows for the listener to hear him much more clearly. In terms of lyrical themes, the whole tape seems to range from straight bars and punchlines to drugs, despair, and empty moments within the relationships that consume our lives.The final song which features singer songwriter Emily Mcgill, is a change of pace. The beat starts slow and once he goes in.. trust me he goes the fuck in. At one point it sounds almost like a dub reggae song, the layered vocals combined with Swills bars are insane I only wish that they kept it going longer before the breakdown. Nevertheless the end of the track starts with a catchy choir that i can't completely make out but when he says "ima turnup on my enemies" i lose it and cant help but sing along. Great ending to an amazing tape. I just wish I had the lyrics in front of me so i could make out the mood and meaning of Hiatus in a more complete way.
Overall the tape has a melancholy feel to it, very chill-wavey production that matches the sing-rap and lyrical style that Swill has. The tape pains the picture of a young man that is grappling with coming to terms with what life really means and what the future holds. Honestly I know I and a lot of other people will easily be able to relate. This is a good introduction into the rap game, and it carves out a lane for Swill that differs from the sometimes over saturated rap scene in Chicago.