Even California love has a dark side. On his new full-length, Haunted Paradise, Black Atlass explores emotional terrain as twisted as the photonegative palm tree on its cover.
After his stark, early singles “Paris” and “Jewels” made waves in the music and fashion worlds (with striking videos to match), Black Atlass delved inward, fleshing out Haunted Paradise’s sound to be bigger, more open and inviting, yet no less experimental. This is a true album—one that spans the Neptunes-worthy R&B strum of “Glow In The Dark” and the triumphant horns of “Island Love” all the way to the synth provocations of “Tonight” and the title track’s slow, steel drum creep.
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Producer-singer-songwriter-DJ-everything else rhêtorík bares his soul on ‘Behind Closed Doors.’ The EP is a sum of his whimsy and his triumphs, a showcase of his insecurities, but also a promise to himself and to his fans that there will be light in their lives. Across five songs and in 20 minutes, rhêtorík makes quick work of what hurts him and how he’s learned to heal himself.
“I took a year from 24 to 25, where I went completely stone-cold sober, really got into the vlogging, and just took a year of internal reflection,” he told DJBooth. His reflections led him to question himself and his motives, and ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is the immediate product of his weighty introspection. The indie-meets-EDM influences on the project undoubtedly move music forward, but it’s rhêtorík’s hopeful message that makes him a truly enduring artist.
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Intro music by Slimm Leary