When OnCue dropped “Side Effects” earlier this month, he assured his fans he was back for good. Following the release of his second new record last night, Cuey’s loyal fan base is surely at ease knowing the Connecticut-born and NYC-based artist is working hard to keep to his promise.
“Out of Town” sounds like a well-deserved well-earned celebration of self, as OnCue floats over the light, almost meditative production that comes courtesy of MNYS and Matt Sim. With his pristine balance of soft, passionate crooning and lyrical delivery, Cuey blesses listeners with a record that feels like it could have come straight from a page in his diary. And he does so in a catchy, relatable and real manner, resulting in a final product that will leave you simultaneously lost in thought and vibing around the room.
Throughout the new drop, OnCue reflects on growing through depression and coming out with a new sense of self-worth. As he’s been doing over the course of his entire career – and probably before he even began releasing art to the world – Cuey uses paper and pen as a means of therapy, getting it all off his chest.
As noted, “Out of Town” is an upbeat celebration of the self – but at no point does OnCue’s self-love come across as overly arrogant or self-absorbed. There’s a fine line between cocky and confident and Cuey is Ric Flair strutting that line with style and grace. This confidence, coupled with the fact he’s dropped two new tracks in October alone, has got to be a sign that OnCue’s next full-length project is close to liberation.