Another week, another new release from Grieves, who has been liberating something fresh from the vault every week for the last month. While there’s still no official announcement regarding a new album, one can certainly presume – or at the very least hope – all the new music is a sign of things to come from the Rhymesayers representative. Worst case scenario, Grieves is just dropping new music which still leaves fans with a lovely collection of content to enjoy. So, pretty good worst case scenario.
The latest from Grieves is a conceptually thematic visual and audio experience that comes in the form of “Let the Devil In.” Kicking off with some references to Ephesians 4:27, the new joint serves as a sonic confrontation between Grieves and his “darkness.” Featuring abrasive delivery that highlights the Seattle-based artist’s impassioned and personal content, “Let the Devil In” sees Grieves calling into question if the sins of his past and present are catching up to his 35-year-old self. Whether it’s the toxins ingested, the choices made or the actions taken, he’s forced to acknowledge and face the shadows as they consume his physical, mental and emotional bodies.
With an abundance of scratches and jab-like samples, the record feels like a complete package as the production couples with Grieves’ delivery to form an energetically cohesive product. There’s an overarching vitriolic vibe encompassing “Let the Devil In”, thanks to the biting nature of the track’s instrumentation.
The visual experience, directed by Timslew of Soundlapse, features Grieves dragging a body bag through the snow before burying it beneath the dirt. Woven throughout the video is a glowing flame, beside which we see a contemplative Grieves. Much like the battle between Grieves’ internal light and the darkness of the shadows, the visual juxtaposes the snowy cold of winter with the illuminated heat from the fire. There is certainly a lot left up to perception and interpretation, adding an enigmatic essence to the video.
Sometimes – more often than not – we have to let the Devil in if we want to face and defeat our demons.
“Let the Devil In” is available now on all major streaming platforms.
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