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Bass drops heavier than cars crushed and released from a Kaiju’s maw…. Rhymes wordier than prescription fine print… Vibez more nefarious than a Pharaohe Monche single… LEX the Lexicon Artist’s “Alter Ego” is the above and below…
LEX’s newest album is set to kill. We’ve been given a sneak peak at “Alter Ego” and will be dripping out details leading up to its release on March 31st. Read on for LEX’s thoughts and our first impressions of the album so far…
“Alter Ego” is exploratory in sound and deeply personal in theme, broaching a variety of topics with expressive flexibility and scathing lyrical wit. LEX rides in on a tidal wave of 808 kicks in opening track “Question,” demanding that her presence be felt with rapid-fire verses and a cut-back chorus.
Staking her claim to hard-earned recognition, she pokes at industry insiders and listeners alike. Then, in “I Know” LEX freaks with your mind by predicting the praise you’ll soon give her; all the while, denying her pedestalized position as anyone’s personal role model.
What’s your top inspiration for this album?
Off the top, I can name three other albums whose structure, arc, and/or feeling are strongly or lightly reflected in this album: x Infinity by Watsky, The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance, and Sick Passenger by Schaffer the Darklord.
Some early Eminem creeps into basically all my work, but it’s especially noticeable here in a couple of tracks.
I should probably be concerned that my influences are a bunch of angsty white dudes, but as I said in “I Know”, I’m not exactly a role model.
– LEX the Lexicon Artist
Tracks traipse the line between upbeat satire and sardonic streams of thought in “Alter Ego”. “Infosession” leans towards the latter with nebulous digital tones to envelop and clever quips like “Small Biz Incorporated” to entertain. A lightly get-rich-quick and workaholism-themed exploration of corporate monotony and identity, this song drives difficult questions over an ice-cold chorus.
“What do you want the most in your lifetime?” – LEX (Infosession)
“The Redesign” takes a profoundly amusing approach to technological attachment, playing on typical relationship hangups through the 12-megapixel lens of a touch-activated smartphone and its obsessed user. Its exaggerated narrative plays like a story, sweetened with wordplay and poisoned with subtle realism. You smile, because it’s relatable. Then, you shiver, because it’s relatable.
It seems like the album (Alter Ego) progressively injects more digital vibes then regresses to tranquil tones, is there a message in that or am I just nuts?
That’s absolutely intentional.
The album actually started as a more rigid concept album about becoming a cyborg, and the original intent was to go from organic sounds to digital beats. That idea was eventually scrapped, but a lot of the songs remained (including songs like All The Time, Augmented, and The Redesign).
I rearranged the album so that it would go from digital to organic (approximately), which became reflective of the human dichotomy I wanted to capture. The digital sounds represent a synthetic and manufactured life that the protagonist leads, full of modern *taikutsu* (tedium), while the organic sounds show a rawer, darker, and more authentic side of the human beneath.
– LEX the Lexicon Artist
“All The Time” bleeds bits and bytes chunks from the mind with mind-boggling beat antics while blistering lyrics spew. LEX tipped us off about the song’s underlying theme of addiction – a concept that garners greater intrigue as you go from jamming with it to jonesing for more.
“The clock is still ticking… – LEX (All The Time)”
More to come on “Alter Ego” – we’ll be going over the rest of the album’s 16 tracks next and picking LEX’s brain a bit more too, so check back in a week!
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