After an almost decade-long absence, Tek Luciano has returned with a three-track EP titled “The Darkest Hour”. Produced entirely by Montreal based producer Native808, The Darkest Hour delves deep into the psyche of an artist who has been known to struggle with consistency. The production is deep, dark, and at times downright somber as Tek croons about battling his lack of motivation. Those familiar with previous efforts from Tek Luciano will immediately notice a much more melodically inclined approach on this project, as he has seemingly departed from his signature “bars and punchlines” style.
The project opens with the bass-heavy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony inspired “Look Into My Eyes” where Luciano affirms his return while confidently stating that he has found “his drive” and that there is a newly lit fire in his eyes. The chorus instructs listeners to look into his eyes, as though he were preparing them for the emotional rollercoaster provided by the remainder of the EP.
“Counted Out” is the second song on the EP. A melancholy blend of strings and bass compliment one of Tek Luciano’s most emotional vocal deliveries to date. “Counted Out” leaves no stone unturned as Tek immediately tackles the depression related to the split of his family and the uncertainty of raising his sons alone in the first verse. The melodic chorus reinforces his refusal to stay down as we move into the second verse where Tek touches on the fact that he has been counted out and forgotten about, but that he is well on his way to redeeming to himself.
“Short Days, Long Nights” serves as the third and final song on the project. Another somber, but solid production by Native808. This is the most relatable song on the EP, centered around the concept of keeping up appearances while struggling on the inside. The gritty piano mixed with Tek’s tones and vocal delivery truly illicit the desired emotion, all the while remaining catchy enough for casual listeners.
Overall, The Darkest Hour is Tek Luciano’s strongest (and shortest) body of work to date. Longtime listeners will notice a grown-up version of the artist they once knew. New listeners can expect catchy melodies, raw emotion, and solid production value.
The Darkest Hour is available on all digital streaming services as of November 20th, 2020.
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