Sydney newcomer Aeonic recently dropped his debut EP Twenty Twelve Self, and the conceptual project has been making waves since, catching playtime on Triple J’s Hip-Hop Show as well as making moves through the iTunes charts.
The concept EP follows a pivotal year in Aeonic’s life, “We’ve all had a year that defines us, mine was 2012. I experienced highs and lows, fell in and out of love and rediscovered Hip-Hop,” says the Sydney emcee. The EP unfolds in chronological order highlighting the personal and musical growth of Aeonic.
The first track off the EP, Always Late, commences with an all too familiar alarm bell, followed by an opening that transports you right back to your late teens. The lyrical content of Twenty Twelve Self is highly relatable and even nostalgic for some, and Always Late is no exception. Aeonic picks up the pace with a simplistic, yet catchy beat that utilises heavier percussion whilst also keeping in line with the organic feel found on the following tracks. Always Late highlights Aeonic’s melodic, hypnotising flow that proves time and time again to be a key component of the young rappers artistry.
The lead single, Would You Stop (ft. Jessica Jade) grips the audience, with a melodic arrangement of natural strings that lead into Aeonic’s stripped back, raw vocals. If you’re a fan of early Horrorshow this track is for you. Would You Stop follows the journey of two lovers drifting and the turmoil that accompanies, and Aenoics tone and vibe perfectly mirror the emotions depicted by the lyrics. “Lessons in love are always the hardest, this was the first time I’d been in this situation.”
Aeonic displays catchy melodies, slick lyrics and a knack for storytelling throughout the project, and as far as debut EP’s go, Twently Twelve Self’s conceptual, free-flowing compilation of songs have set the standard early for 2017.