The Nashville group Lords of Noise have arrived with their debut EP The Deep End. The duo, comprised of rapper Lord Luud and producer Default Noise, have put together five songs of trap-like beats and slick flow that will satisfy most fans of the genre.
Any listeners hoping for music that stands out in the crowd for original content, however, may be left craving more. Lords of Noise certainly make their mark on The Deep End, and it’s a confident release for a debut, but the confined subject matter and production do little to expand upon music that’s already out there. That said, Lord Luud and Default Noise showcase enough talent on the EP to prove that they have the skills to take their music to the next level.
In the EP’s first track that shares its name, Lord Luud hints at a narrative that never quite materializes in the rest of the songs. In the track, he repeats, “I think I’m going off the deep end,” suggesting a wild, unhinged perspective that could have featured much more adventurousness, both in lyrical content and production. Instead they opt for the more common bragging style. Lord Luud hints at this direction with the line, “I’m known to smack a hater blind/ I never had a greater time than when I crack a traitor’s spine.” The song is a strong introduction to the band with both members coming out of the gates with conviction.
Where the EP lacks is the fact that after the strong setup from “The Deep End,” much of the remaining music doesn’t continue to evolve and explore new stylistic territory. In the second song “Wavin,” for example, aside from the descending synth line, it sounds very similar to “The Deep End,” both in production and vocal delivery.
“Soaked to the Bone” makes more of a mark with its hook and toy piano arpeggios throughout. The lyrical content, along with that of the following song “Supernatural,” show strong flow from Lord Luud, but remain within the somewhat tired area of boastfulness. The tag line in “Supernatural,” which may very well come true, is, “You can watch my status grow.”
The final song of the bunch “Red Sky” is a strong closer, with more complex and varied production from Default Noise and a somewhat more thoughtful message from Lord Luud. Toward the end of the track he writes, “If you come upon me we can stick together/ a sick endeavor but it’s better when you feel you’re tethered/ like someone out there’s in the same boat/ just tryna stay afloat but know that you can never pick your weather.” It’s a poignant idea to close out the EP and is a strong sendoff for a promising future for Lords of Noise.
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