Simon Werner – The European Manga Demon Looses His Head In The Face Of Flowers And Other Suspicious Anthropomorphism [CS]

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Simon Werner – The European Manga Demon Looses His Head In The Face Of Flowers And Other Suspicious Anthropomorphism [CS]

7.00

Label: Mantile

Year: 2013

Format: Cassette

Simon Werner is (and has) quite a unique voice. He serves up eloquent, rankled rap-adjacent spoken word essays and takedowns from the perspective of a passionate and articulate fan. Werner demonstrates a command of language and knack for analysis you’d be hard pressed to find on any social media, distributing his vitriol in measured increments as not to repel the listener or hit an early peak. The backing tracks are lengthy excerpts of moody, reverb soaked head-in-the-clouds beats that are much more digestible here in a uniformly time-stretched stutter. Music isn’t just an afterthought though; Werner waits for cues and is keenly aware of where his texts sits in the mix: the way he delivers the titular line during a beatless lull is exemplary of this. The “(Acapella)” tagged on to the second side isn’t just for laughs—hear that headphone bleed? As previously alluded, Werner’s voice is really something to behold: a strange, croaky, fried regional accent I’m too dumb to detect. It’s jarring to hear at first, but only a minute or so in and I was fully on-board—an indicator of merit for any music of a more challenging variety. Someone let a genuine weirdo into the cloud rap party—he sure is pissed off, but clearly wants things to better, to strive to be as good as the things that fuel his own creativity. If there’s anything on this site that took me most by surprise. with respect to how many points it won with yours truly, it's this guy.

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