Taking charge of his journey with a grounded yet boundless mindset, Santa Cruz Artist, Melaku, is deeply in touch with his highest self and the easygoing essence of adolescence throughout the release of his latest EP, ‘Golden Age’.
Kicking off with the first track, “Red Room”, Melaku instrumentally draws influence from the days of peace and love while lyrically speaking of being absorbed within an experience that drew him close to an individual that naturally emitted an aura of purity and depth. The second track, “Love You Like A Lion”, is full of uplifting positivity while lyrically unleashing a passionate version of Melaku who has romance in mind while remaining compassionate to the ever-changing states of the human being that he has his eye and heart on. “Bring Me Down” is the third track that takes the tone of the EP for a turn into what can initially be perceived as the dark yet overall lyrically speaks of Melaku’s inner world leading him to get in touch with the demons in his mind to clear his way and brighten the path ahead.
The fourth track, “Lost Your Lover”, slows it down into an acoustic dose of reflection that lyrically tackles the importance of being there for those that you love through both the good and the bad days, as both are elemental to the human experience. “Home” is the fifth track that is an album highlight that speaks of the nomadic journey coming to an end while gratitude for the deep stillness that Melaku is experiencing within a healing sanctuary begins to sprout. The sixth track, “Promised Land”, is stitched with ancient wisdom as Melaku highlights morphing the present moment into the promise land that is typically sought out for throughout a lifetime, yet deters an individual from simply being within the moment. Closing out with “Higher Self”, Melaku gives listeners a dose of instrumental culture as he influences cultivating a place of self-love within.
As a storehouse of wisdom, Melaku has created a dynamic and lyrically potent musical and spiritual retreat throughout ‘Golden Age’. If you’re a fan of a mixture of fellow musicians such as Bruno Mars and Sam Smith with the lyrical foresight of Talib Kweli, then check out the self-produced release on Soundcloud.
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