By Vasco Dega
Boundary crushing, super-creative pair THe LYONZ have released the first of a series of new two-track EPs, Right of Asylum / Where I Be. Building from their 2015 debut album Peace Beyond the Pines and 2020’s 2ND U, Pt.1 EP, THe LYONZ have refined their musical style for the new EP which works around atmospheric dynamics conveyed through synthetic layers, shifting drum patterns and the blending in of treated instruments often met with melancholic verses.
Right of Asylum, with its intriguing glowing moods, “is about the fight for your freedom and breaking through the systems put in place to keep people down”, say THe LYONZ. The track expands into full on sky-reaching festival chill-out feelings with gritty thought-provoking raps worked in. Where I Be finds a different headspace, fizzing with swathes of synths and a snappy groove. The track “covers the dark places where the mind lingers. Where comfort meets crazy. The calm in the storm if you will”, say the duo. It’s an infectious exploration of jazz and hip hop which verges on the psychedelic. A floaty trip through the fringes of reality that sounds like a cross between Kendrick Lamar and N.E.R.D at both of their peaks.