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Wednesday, 1 July 2015 |
Seth Sentry's long awaited second album, Strange New Past has been released, much to the delight of Seth's loyal fan base.
The bar was set years ago, with his debut release, The Waiter Minute EP, which quickly became an Oz hip-hop classic. Fans then patiently waited four years for the launch of his first official album, This Was Tomorrow, featuring the songs, 'Dear Science' and 'Float Away'; both of which placed well in Triple J's Hottest 100 in 2012. With these two successful and well-loved releases under his belt, the pressure was on for Seth's second album to be on-point.
The opening lines of the first track, 'How Are You', set the mood for this album; frustrated and disgruntled; at life, fame and being thirty-something. Seth's previous work definitely had a focus on initiating a bit of a belly laugh, but the comedic tone has been turned down a notch for this album.
A new found maturity is heard in Seth's reflective writing style and more serious, honest content; characteristics many attribute to his turning 30 during the making of Strange New Past. While some are praising the Melbourne local for the personal growth shown in his latest work, the simple lyrics in the song 'Dumb'; make the depth of his growth questionable.
The latest Seth Sentry album is a stroll through his hometown, a brisk walk down Memory Lane. Songs like 'Run', 'Violin' and '1969' are a sneak peek at teenage life through the eyes of a young and thoughtful but reckless Seth Sentry.
'Hell Boy' is our prediction for the most popular song featured on Strange New Past. Pushing the boundaries of Seth's comfort zone further than most other songs he has written, the upbeat tempo, witty lyrics and clever rhyming schemes add a bounce to Seth's normally mellow style. The release of the music video for this track adds another element of depth to the song's already quirky storyline.
"Hate love but I want it. I just think I like the idea of it."
Love is sea water, drink it, I get thirstier.
Ain't no way of me sayin' it any more perfect-er.
Try to clean my act up, my act became dirtier.
Try to grow the fuck up, but I became thirty-er."
These lyrics from the track, 'Hate Love', describe the familiar inner struggle with getting old, the feeling of hating the bullshit that comes with relationships, but still wanting to feel love anyway. A feeling almost every human can relate to.
Although the well known Aussie rapper is honest about his faults and flaws, we still sense a slight hint of sarcasm. We could be wrong, but we get the feeling that there is still an argumentative, eye-ball rolling sixteen-year-old left inside him who would not agree with such open and truthful admissions about himself. Especially in the song 'Sorry', it feels almost as if someone could have given him a long list of his faults and he is simply nodding in agreement to save a drama.
Despite this, Seth's public display of rawness and honesty are admirable. Although most people are incapable of admitting the way their inner minds work or the flaws and faults within themselves, the humble content and the reflective tone of this album will be relatable to most humans.
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