Album(s): not feeling dead, houses
[Crop Circle Club, 2016]
The goody goodies of the bad kids, BOY LEGS, an experimental hip hop duo from Boone, North Carolina, have been constantly creating new discography. Packed with hard hitting themes and tinged with a heavy hanging lo-fi, the duo’s words are just dripping from each and every corner. Released within a week of each other, not feeling dead and houses compliment one another in such a way that is almost too intimate, giving a close look into the artists’ struggles with mental illness, love, religion, and societal construction.
In combination with back breaking lyricism, the two releases sound as if they were professionally mixed, with each loop artistically placed “to a t.” What’s even more impressive, is the fact that both of these EPs were written and recorded in the span of less than 24 hours.
While the loops on not feeling dead may be simple, they don’t go unrecognized. If anything, they force the lyricist’s words to be heard loud and clear, even in their relaxed and monotone nature. However, it is easy to say that houses shines between the two releases. While not feeling dead contains the same arduous lyricism, houses carries even heavier production and blows away any doubt of what this duo is capable of.
Backed by intrinsic beats, the sound of keys in “college places” effortlessly carry the lines, “When I left she said I was just like everyone else after all / but only because I didn’t have words that translated roughly to / I think it’s possible to be in love and simultaneously aware that we don’t belong together.” The track then softly ends with the most melancholy line of the two EPs combined: “Well you remember what it was like when all we had was each other and our fears / but we dressed them up / just enough to look like hope.”
Another key track between the two releases is “wood circle,” which deals with the artists’ discomfort in their own mental illnesses. “I haven’t felt quite right for two years / but how do you say that without making people feel weird,” stings like alcohol on a fresh paper cut.
BOY LEGS shows power in their October releases. It is through this spontaneous art form that BOY LEGS created for themselves, that gave them to have a platform to discuss the uncomfortable. The duo’s lyricism, in-line with their professional and atmospheric production, suggests that we as human beings are beside oneself to share weighty thoughts even within our own minds.