“PerfectlyNotPerfect” by Rowlo” brings through an interesting string of lyricism and a sound that floats somewhere between hip hop with a touch of rap as well. This particular song pours through almost like a stream of consciousness, constantly offering up a new thread of thought. At the same time, underneath the passion and emotional honesty of the lyrics and that leading vocal performance, the simple but notably controlled strum of an electronic soundscape guides the rhythmic aspects and volume of the song, accompanied just occasionally by an unexpected and rather retro synth-display. All of this and more is why it’s worth pressing play for this one.
The song brings together elements of hip hop with something notably more modern and rap-inspired. It’s a smooth and soulful piece that drives with the organic color and carefree attitude of a simple soundscape and some easy-going vocals. In the opening, the leading female vocal has an addictively strong sound to his voice. As well as this though, the switch from the softness to the higher, more passionate moments, is flawlessly executed. Everything pours through with skill and professionalism, but in addition to that, the sound is still mellow and extremely easy to escape into.
At four minutes long, the track has the potential to really surround and absorb the listener in its aura and its ideas. The second time you listen, those opening bars of music – the electronic soundscape, the vocals, the awesome vibe, and the other-worldly dashes of possibility – all of this makes sense and comforts you now, in a refreshingly strange way. This time around, the ambiance is recognizable, so your focus is more intently on the lyrics.
The lyrics are honest and sweet without trying too hard to be cheeky or clever. The way the track blends elements of the soul with those of hard-hitting, emotional hip hop offers a skillful balance between the familiar and the new. The melodic progression during the verses is simple and quickly effective, then you get to the hook, and you realize first of all how much space there is within the track.