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Element - Under The Flesh
May 20, 2016
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51 times
Why do we like this?

The most succinct way to describe this track is to call it cinematic. From the very beginning, everything about it feels surreal -- like a dream, movie, or distant memory.

It put me in a scene where I'm walking slowly through mundane reality. In a park surrounded by strangers. There's a foggy crowd of voices swimming in and out of my consciousness from all angles. They enter my awareness for a moment, and I watch them create molasses ripples in space, pushing forth into nothingness.  

The voices give way to darkness as I enter an alleyway. My heart-rate increases and I'm walking swiftly- no, I'm running- through a foreign city. It's unclear as to what I'm running from, an intangible but looming presence. It's intense, impending, inescapable. And I think that's the point.

To me, "Under The Flesh" is supposed to be a sonic testament to those underlying flaws, demons, and personal battles that exist outside of the eye's realm of perception. Those things we carry with us that we cannot escape. 

Chris Cruz, aka Element, evokes a feeling of unease and creates an experience with ominous synths, a barrage of percussive buildup, and emphatic, demanding horns.

It's quite an epic sound, and much different than you'd expect from a trap artist. Though the drop is reminiscent of HudMo's "Chimes," the rest of the production could easily be the soundtrack to a movie or video game. 

Brave enough to face what's lying under the flesh? Give this a listen and keep up with the NYC producer on SoundCloud.

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