Aftershock’s latest album (released back in May) gives Perth locals a reason to pay attention to their underground music scene. The duo consists of Mysc and Blunt, who provide listeners with a versatile album that touches on a variety of subjects. Creating Silence features a number of well-respected WA artists including Bitter Belief, the Down South Crew, Porsah Laine and the late Robert Hunter, whom the album is dedicated to.
The performance of every emcee featured on the album is near flawless; they seem to effortlessly flow in time with the instrumentals whilst maintaining complex lyrical structures. Blunt’s slow and aggressive delivery contrasts well with Mysc’s intricate flow. There is no shortage of humorous tracks on the album, with the pair giving a tribute to cheap wine in ‘The Silver Lining’ and Blunt ironically describing his meagre lifestyle as desirable in ‘Too Suave’. It is also abundant in fast-paced tracks that would not be out of place on a house party playlist. However, the real appeal of Creating Silence is the deeply emotional songs detailing the hardships the pair face. ‘Home for Now’ pairs a haunting instrumental with lyrics analysing and reflecting on themselves as individuals.
Blunt performs another solo track entitled ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’, a highly personal song where he criticises his brother for bringing grief to their family. Furthermore, cuts from Rob Shaker and mastering from Maali the Haunter, ensures that the production quality of this album is of the highest calibre for an underground band. Thus, Creating Silence acts as a ringing endorsement for Aftershock’s unique style as well as the Perth underground hip hop scene in general.
By Ciaran Johns.