Jacob Didas – “Rise & Fall”

Standing out with its fusing of industrial rock and hip-hop, “Rise & Fall” is a track from Buffalo-based artist Jacob Didas. Reminiscent of Aesop Rock at points, the track deftly navigates through murky guitar additives and blaring synth effects.

The smattering of guitars complements a menacing, hectic vocal delivery initially. References to reincarnation – “you know you’ve been here before right?” – pairs with the darkly invigorating instrumentation, exceling with momentum as the second minute approaches. “This is not healthy,” the ensuing vocal sample lets out. “I’m fine, thank you for asking.” “Rise & Fall” invigorates with its intensity and heady lyrical content.

Didas expands upon his musical inspirations and process:

“We are all, in our own way, struggling to make sense of our place in the world. My love for music was, truly, about as intense as the depression which plagued me for years. Music for me has been a tool for expressing this intense journey and important lessons that have guided me out of that place and find balance. Much of my lyricism revolves around existentialism, healing, and personal evolution and is heavily influenced by Eastern philosophies such as Buddhism and Taoism. Other songs are purely sarcastic and offer minimum value.”

Read more about Didas and his music, via our interview with Jacob Didas.

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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