A observe which testifies to the stressed ennui of recent life, Ithys’ upcoming single “Love All Night time (Fashionable Walks)” is one thing of a misnomer. A collaboration with producer Jordan Lewis (Travis Scott, Drake), it represents a stressed reconciliation for Ithys, in an try and work via prolonged battles with despair and homelessness.
Divided into two components, the primary half of the tune (or, “Love All Night time”) is impressed by Nana, a Japanese manga strip which revolves across the coming of age of two younger adults who transfer to Tokyo searching for fame and romance. For Ithys, this was a case of rendering the visible aesthetics of comics throughout totally different media: “I attempted to painting the feelings and melancholic but peaceable imagery of the comedian via my lyrics and sounds.”
The transition into “Fashionable Walks” within the observe’s second half is extra alien and futuristic. Dense lyrical flows oscillate between Korean and English and weave a patchwork material of defiance and irreverent swagger, reflecting not the tender inside of a lovesick self however the chilly and calcified exterior of a person hardened to the hazards of emotional give up. A sampling from Sophia, an AI humanoid interviewed on the future Funding Panel in 2017, will be heard over the bridge, and provides an additional ingredient of alienation.
Ithys’ tone on the observe is prickly, braggadocious, and stuffed with darkish satisfaction. Fragmented lyrics journey alongside to a crisp, pulsating entice beat which precludes time for pause: “Let’s discuss pattern / It may be the style or symbols, ambition, no matter you deal with / I gained’t give a shit about your imaginative and prescient / No causes.”
“I considered [trend] as a broader class,” states Ithys, “as a result of many developments are categorized by way of one single modernity.” What little will be gleaned by the use of didacticism on this observe is an lively affront to self-discipline and authority. Pleasure, energy and elegance take priority, because the inflated ego runs riot. Repeatedly, the “you” is dismissed, and the “I” positioned on the fore.
The result’s a heady concoction of self-affirmed narcissism and weary anhedonia; a uniquely modern-day model of hedonism which sighs on the anatomising excesses of late capitalism. Whereas costly manufacturers are casually referenced, there’s a repeated allusion to the idea within the dream of self-betterment to get out of the rat race: to “drink and love all evening” but in addition “keep and work all evening.”
Ithys acknowledges how the volatility of his sound makes univocal interpretation troublesome: “interpretation can fluctuate based mostly on private experiences, and I respect all experiences, so I hope that the picture drawn from every individual’s expertise turns into the interpretation of my music.” Now out on the earth, it’s as much as the listener to determine for themselves.