By Elly Neidzviecki
This album has found an uncertain home in the slightly niche world of Lo-Fi Hip Hop. Clear Path to Nowhere is unique and distinctly its own,with soft-spoken melodic rapping put over jazzy Lo-Fi tracks. The vocals are sometimes backed up or voiced-over, but mostly they are left raw to emphasize the lyrics. The album consists of just 8 songs and lasts for only 18 minutes, but I’m glad it isn't a second longer. It's evident that Blue Rivers and Sawan K had a concept that they executed with care and precision. Anything more would be overkill. The songs are introspective and thoughtful, each one focusing on topics including music, purpose and just life in general. You can even glimpse a little bit of their reflective themes in the titles. For example, there's “freemymind!” the wistful 2nd song in the album. There's also “House of Ideas” that starts off with the musing line “lock myself in the house of ideas/set the foundation and build brick by brick/the roof shelters from the outside interference/ and the pain of improvement is intense.” Their keen lyrics make the album, but all the elements come together well. I highly recommend you ride out the rest of these winter days by snuggling up with some blankets and having a good listen to this album.
This album is a collaboration between 2 indie artists: Blue Rivers and Sawan K, both of whom are located in the GTA. There are also featured artists throughout this album. Clear Path to Nowhere is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, and Youtube.