vidpoet – ‘Art Therapy, Pt. 3’ EP


Philly-based artist vidpoet struts a hip-hop sound bridging no-frills nostalgia and a spacey contemporary punch, evidenced throughout the stellar Art Therapy, Pt. 3 EP. A stirring sound presents itself with the aid of producer Steve Sperry, spanning from the heady precision of “Microwave Burrito” to the sci-fi synth pop inclinations of “Spacey.”

“Microwave Burrito” brings about an old-school throwback sound to kick things off. “I’m like anywhere you find a microwave burrito, just heat and heat,” and other clever lyrical wordplay stimulates, with steady rhythmic hypnotics and sporadic key-laden blares intertwining. “The heart of any knowledge, apotheosis, go look it up,” they continue, reminding strongly of Aesop Rock’s flow.

“I’m in a bad mood on a Saturday,” kickstarts the more pop-forward hip-hop sound of “Spacey,” engaging with its synth lead, while the subsequent “Present the Vid Humbly” embraces a reggae-friendly beat alongside a melodic vocal exuberance, singing more than rapping. The concluding “Mustache Blues” shows ample atmosphere, particularly as lounge-y keys emerge amidst the thumping bass and confident vocal stride. vidpoet’s Art Therapy, Pt. 3 EP melds hip-hop and art-pop with enjoyably melodic intrigue.

“Mustache Blues” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Hip-Hop.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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