FREE DOWNLOAD: Sean Avery Tells His Story Loudly On ‘EMOFUNK’ #SoundCheck
By Sound Check
March 21, 2016
“The silent are forgotten, so tell your story loudly.” Over the course of Sean Avery’s EP EMOFUNK, he looks for direction for directionless angst; a fear of being forgotten or ignored running through the music like a chill. A suburban kid, his songs use the language of hip-hop to mine some of the same territory as the emo scene, which at its best sought to find catharsis for self-hatred and learn to focus on bigger things. (The transformation of Rites of Spring into Fugazi remains emo’s highest achievement.) Over Dilla beats, Avery strikes a difficult balance between introspection and an “ugh there I go again being all emo, sorry…” shrug. As on the EP’s highlight “No More Light,” after digging into his own self-destructive impulses, he grabs a view of the bigger picture: “Then I think about my cousin Freddie / Shot dead in the chest at twenty / And here I am full of sorrow / Like fuck tomorrow.”
But then points out on “Black Boy” and “Rebel” that just because his problems aren’t “big” problems, doesn’t mean they’re not real.
By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor