Twill Distilled is an artist from Washington, D.C.who recently released I N V A D E R. I should probably state I felt a little too old while listening to some of this music at some points. I’m thirty-eight and it’s an odd age because you’re not young anymore but not old. At any rate it felt like a factor while appreciating this music. It’s hard to pinpoint and I won’t waste precious ink but the energy at times had a youthful glow, a sense of rebellion, an inflated yet playful sense of ego and lastly an indication that she is going to be stealing your significant other. Some of these themes simply aren't in my wheelhouse anymore although I was happy to enter her universe.
On that note the songs do have a lot of qualities that seem to be reoccurring tropes within hip-hop. There is this Nicki Minaj thing happening at least some of the time. The more aggressive yet catchy “Bitch PLZ” embraces alpha like dominance as does a number of other songs.
The album starts with “Spotlight” which contains a dark beat and that sub-bass you often hear in songs by Drake. There is simply no denying that the rapping is really well done. She shifts through different cadences and inflections with ease which take on different personas.
Songs like “Becky Zone” have menacing music as if you are watching a horror movie but the elements like the bass in particular give it swing. There are a lot of hooks as well. You can hear a number of them of the chip-tuned infused “Snake Chase” while “PAINT Ft. Lex the Lexicon Artist” felt like a club song you might hear in a white hot night in Miami.
There are some songs which dig into themes that felt a little pensive and more emotionally resonant. Take for instance the darker and reflective “Nightmare Ft. Lex Lingo.” You could say the same about the anxiety fueled “Temper Ft. Vincente Bellofatto & Osiris Green” which actually rocks out. There is a lot more to explore. One of the highlights was the experimental yet occasionally sublime “Genuine.”
My sense is the person behind the music is having a lot of fun exploring. The more I delved into the music, it felt like she was taking on different characters. I’m not entirely sure I got to hear the real person, the approximation of one or a completely fictional account. I’m not sure it matters and I think that is a lot of the fun of hip-hop. I’d say a lot of hip-hop artists are taking on something that’s bigger or at least different than themselves.
Overall, this is an expansive release that was really well done. I can go ahead and give this my full on recommendation.
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