2020 has been a year of immense insularity on all fronts, and this is no different in the world of pop music. For indie artists like MkX who have been confined to quarantine whilst still fostering a creative spirit as strong as anything you’ll find in the mainstream – if not just a touch stronger – it hasn’t been the easiest of times, but their angst and internal desire to express is proving to be quite powerful in the slew of new material hitting record store shelves this autumn. MkX’s “Fall” is one of my new favorites, and as its name implies, it seems like a soundtrack made for the present season.
The first thing I noticed about this composition when I sat down to review the track and its music video just this past weekend was its fluid connectivity between hip-hop and melodic pop components – a feat a lot of independent artists have aspired to pull-off but few actually have. There’s a seamlessness between the conservative instrumental accent and the flow of the rhymes MkX breaks off that I haven’t been able to shake since I listened to it for the first time, and for someone who is rather picky when it comes to alternative rap, this is a song that I can’t help but respect as a formidable hybrid.
Muscular but not overindulgent, “Fall” is a must-listen for the fans MkX has cultivated in the last few years, and if it’s telling us anything about what his future is going to look and sound like, I would have to assume that he’s planning on getting even bolder with his songcraft in the 2020s than he was in the latter half of the 2010s. This is the right time for him to evolve, and appropriately, this song and its video feel like a precursor to a serious breakthrough in his work.