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Deca The Way Through Beulah Records • 2017

Album number six by Denver-born, New York-based rapper/producer Deca.

In 2013, Matt Kenney charmed us with 'The Ocean'. This time, Deca convinces with 'The Way Through', a peculiar record that accentuates his unique style.

'To change the world, you have to start with your inner self.', Deca advised us in an interview. The Herman Hesse fan is fascinated by philosophy, literature and spirituality. On 'The Ocean' for instance, he took a dive into the subconsciousness. Sounds abstract, really. But Deca manages to deliver appealing stories, little antidotes for the merciless ways of the cruel world we're living in.

Therefore he grabs metaphors and vocabulary from the Bible: 'eden', 'angels' and 'demons' linger through the record. And draws existentialist pictures, of which Camus would be jealous: 'When I saw the ground of all being in its true form, I prostrated myself and cried like a newborn'.

The record holds way more poetry than your average rap release. With a clear voice, steady flow, Deca recites his verses over firm drum kicks and warm, melodic samples. An icy violin or a moody piano add a touch of mysticism.

'The Way Through' is not the most accessible album. It needs a certain intellectual exercise to fully enjoy and discover the lyrics' layers. If you don't know the English literature canon, the chorus of 'Skyward' won't make you go 'Oh!': 'About the ocean that professed love to Ishmael. While siftin' through the serpent-like intestines of a sick whale.'

It's a nice side effect, but Deca's oeuvre doesn't need to be analysed thoroughly like it's the most serious thing in the world. It's also about aesthetics, form and style. Or as Deca raps: 'It's wishful thinking that a song could heal a sick rose.'

POSTED ON 11|10|2017 by cpf

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