Corvid – Dalriada (Album) [Review]
Vancouver, BC – Today marks the release date of up-and-comer Corvid’s new album,Dalriada. Infusing elements of his Celtic heritage with old school turntable-ism, Corvid puts a fresh spin on the nostalgic sound of true school hip-hop.
Corvid (left) and DJ K-Rec
The album starts off with “Complete Me” and begins with an unexpected sample of what sounds like a deep-rooted Irish song. Each track after this incorporates a sample from a classic Irish/Scottish film, which previews the subject of the lyrical content for the rest of the song. Besides repping his heritage, the inspiration behind Corvid’s lyrics come from his own personal experiences. With lines like “Never lighting incense again/You could burn your house down without even noticing” on “Burn”, his stories are definitely worth a listen. The album has a pretty consistent sound, until you reach “Peace”, which seems out of place with a beat that has a more electro vibe. Going back to the original feel of Dalriada, “Popsicle” is a fun track with hilarious anecdotes from Corvid’s “skinny little kid” days, which contrasts “Revolutionary Suicide”, a track that delves into his darker past.
While Dalriada doesn’t have what it takes to attract the masses, the exploration of integrating the unique sound of the Celtic culture with North coast hip-hop does have potential to bring his music onto another level. Definitely can’t wait to hear what’s next from this guy.
Written by Shaheena Azmatullah for HipHopCanada
Photography by Jamie Sands for HipHopCanada
Be sure to http://corvid.bandcamp.com for stream and download.