Mourn: First Impressions
Ice Boy: This song is definitely one of my favorites on the album (for good reason.) Its just so satisfying and catchy to listen to, while being incredibly relatable. When this song first dropped I COULD NOT stop listening to it. This song came before the entire album, and I'd say I was down in the dumps at the time, so this song really resonated with current situations in my life. I wont even lie, i've cried multiple times to Ice Boy. I played this song at a party I was at and someone who's never listened to Corbin was like "oh man this song is so good, it has a 80's vibe but also... not really" and I couldn't agree more. The beat is very reminiscent of 80's music to me.
Mourn: Mourn definitely has a different vibe to it than Ice Boy. Mourn reminded me of a period in my life where I wasn't actually stable at all but I tried my best to convince myself I was. I think Corbin genuinely is describing a feeling of relief, because he is reaching a stable point in his life after hardships. But personally, this song resonated better with relaying to a time I was unstable. Going back and listening to it though, in a much better place in my life, helps me hear this song entirely differently. I can actually see how going through trials in life can be rewarding in the end.
Giving Up: This song was a really powerful one. It was able to portray perfectly the feeling of lost hope. Not only in life, but in relationships and situations as well. Corbin describes how exhausting it can be trying to move forward and feeling like you're getting absolutely nowhere. I think we all have gotten to this point at one time or another where we are 100 percent sure we're going to throw in the towel because of how much effort we put into something, with no return. Its a feeling of both anger and frustration. Sometimes, giving up on things is what is best because you can understand not everything is meant to be. Giving up can actually be the best thing for yourself and another person when all you're doing is hurting.
No Title: Im always particularly intrigued by songs that are untitled. It makes me wonder what exactly was going on in the artists head. Titles give a lot of meaning to things and actively choosing to not give a title to something is impactful. It usually is because you feel confident enough in that something being clear enough to not need a title, or you genuinely do not feel any title can capture what you wish it could capture. This song also plays on the emotions of not feeling good enough. Even physical pain cant take away from how deep emotional pain can cut a person.
Revenge Song: Revenge song truly hit home. Ive dealt with sexual assault firsthand and have seen people close to me go through it as well. The gut feeling reaction to hearing of someones assault is to take revenge. In any way you can. You want the person who hurt them punished. When hearing of someone close to you going through this, you want to do as much as you can for them, even though you know deep down you cant take away that trauma inside of them. I saw rage burn inside the eyes of those closest to me. A fire like none other. Revenge Song truly captures that anger.
All Out: I really like this song. I dont know if its because I listened to it repeatedly at a tough time, but either way, its such an incredible song. I remembered what it felt like to want to turn back the clock. Sometimes we try so hard to deny ourselves of something we know is best for us. We only do this because although its what is best, we know the journey there isn't an easy one. However, at some point, seeing what you deserve right in front of you, becomes frustrating. All Out is my anthem for taking that leap of faith I never thought I would take, and ending up in a place I only ever dreamed of.
Hunker Down: Corbin talks about wanting to be with someone so badly you will do anything to prove to them, being together is the best thing. Long drives, listening to music, creating a home for the two of them. He does not care about anything except being with her. Once again, this song was special to me. Wondering how much time is left until you two are on the same page, while not wanting to waste any time not being with them. This song is the epitome of "all you need is me."
Something Safe: Something Safe embodies how a person can make you feel calm, and settle your mind. It's incredibly rare to find someone who quiets the noisy world we're surrounded by. Someone who can see completely through you and makes you a better person by simply being in your life. Sometimes we force ourselves to be alone because of how afraid we are of getting hurt, then that person comes along and makes it almost effortless to open up again. This song doesn't even make me feel sad, because it honestly describes something so beautiful.
The Fold Up: At first, I couldn't entirely relate to this song. However, I did love how it was put together like a story. You follow the journey of a death, and the pain of loss coupled with addiction. Corbin sings the chorus so beautifully, you can't help but be drawn in. I think someone going through a loss would really really be able to connect to this song on a deep level.
Dragged: This song also follows the story narrative of what seems to be an inevitably unhealthy relationship. There are times we try to make things work even when we know they aren't going to last. We have the best intentions and wish to only provide love and support but, end up only hurting them because we refuse to accept the idea of moving on. No matter how honest our efforts are, there is always a breaking point.
Corbin, Shlohmo + D33j Show
I was able to make it to the Los Angeles Corbin, Shlohmo & D33j show on Friday September 8th. When this tour was first announced, I immediately bought tickets. I typically go to energy-filled hip hop shows but wanted a change of pace. After attending the Cuco show a few months ago, and enjoying the experience of a laid-back, vibey show, I knew I would love the Corbin show. I'll have a playlist of songs from all three artists at the bottom of this post so you guys could check it out!
The show started with D33J. I arrived a bit late because my bus decided to skip my stop and my friend had to pick me up, so we did not get to listen to all of D33J's set. Next was Shlohmo's set. It was so damn dope listening to his music live. The lighting pretty much only alternated between the colors red, blue, and purple throughout the entire show. I really liked that about it because there weren't any crazy visuals or distractions. The set up was simple. It was pure enjoyment of the music. Shlohmo was so sincere with his music, and would say "thank you" after every single song he played haha. We were all like "Thank YOU!!!" He played two new songs for us and they were honestly incredible. The set was a good length, which I appreciated.
Corbin came out next and it was so cool that he just walked out so calm and collected, not trying to hype up the crowd for himself or anything. I wish I had written down the songs played, and in which order, but in all honesty I was just really enveloped in the music. I was originally going to write a first impressions on Mourn when it first came out, but I also wanted to experience it live to get the FULL experience of the album. Hearing Corbin perform the songs live, was definitely even more incredible than I could have imagined. Ok so, Corbin is a breathtaking performer. His music is undeniably emotional. The fact that he can convey the emotions in his music throughout every song he performs is truly remarkable. I had yet to experience a show that completely took me to anther place within myself. I wasn't even in a significantly unhappy mood at the time of this show. I actually was in a good place in my life but I could empathize with Corbin and the music so well. Its rare for me to say I enjoy live performances of artists notably more than their studio produced work, but I would definitely pick listening to Corbin live, before ANYTHING, ANYDAY. Corbin performed two new songs, which, LET ME TELL YOU, were beautiful! One of them is my new favorite even though I only have a short clip of it. TO TOP OFF THE ALREADY AMAZING SHOW, Corbin ended up bringing out Bobby Raps. Me and my friend joked about it before the show started like "omg imagine how dope it'd be if he brought out Bobby!" "Id cry if Bobby came out." They performed a good amount of songs together as well, which was greatly appreciated. Typically when artist bring out another artists they only perform one, maybe two songs together but they did about four.
I know the California dates kicked off the tour, I checked and all shows pretty much still have tickets available so if they're coming to your area and you haven't already decided to go, take my word for it and GO. You wont regret it. Even if you don't typically listen to these artists, I think it'd be a really cool show to expose yourself to something new.