Levi Zadoff, who has been in the game for some years now, hails from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Pacific Northwest. His style is a luxurious blend of pop, punk, rock and rap, and many other influences displaying no limit to his creative flair that has endeared him to a massive listening audience. Dead Hendrix, on the other hand, is an emerging punk/rap artist from Ottawa, Canada. Levi decided to bring Hendrix on board for a very heartfelt project dubbed “Dead Summer,” which means the death of summer literally and metaphorically. This 5-track EP was inspired by the malicious damage the COVID pandemic brought with it, including deaths, loss of jobs, exacerbation of drug and substance abuse, and heartbreak, among other massive ills that people are still trying to recover from up until now!
More than anything, this EP is delivered from an honest point of view, with every track exuding genuine raw emotions that will ensure listeners heavily gravitate toward this masterpiece. The tracks from this EP range from silky-smooth, rich psychedelia soundscapes with strong doses of pop, and punk to bold and brash alternative rock and rap distorted to perfection and fusing infectious riffs and hooks for genre-defying results. The duo’s vocals are breezy and retrospective, constantly exploring the sadness, loneliness, and anguish revolving around the pandemic with candid and refreshing deliveries.
Together, the duo made more than just the songs here; these are emotionally relatable tunes to be consumed with an open heart. The opening track, “Dont Think It Could Get Better,” is artistically sardonic with that marvelous blend of pop, punk, and rock backed by the dutiful drums and organic percussion and given life by the self-assured vocals grabbing your attention from the 1st minute all the way to the last!
“Love Game” has an undeniably rockability thrill from the instrumentation with a scintillating balance struck to let the rap vocals flourish through this thick enigma of explosive instrumentation. Appropriately the track encompasses the thoughts and mindset of someone who wants peace but is constantly tormented by something you can’t physically remove with an experience similar to psychosis with bouts of major depression and rage. And with everything that has happened, this is not a strange feeling, is it?
There is so much sonic exploration even in tracks “Alone,” “Cant Be God,” and the bonus track, “Teenage Dirtbag.” For a first project together, the duo showcases an indestructible music connection with their energy and performances bouncing off one another, and I sure hope it won’t be their last project together!
“Dead Summer” is now available for streaming everywhere; follow the attached link and add these special tracks to your favorite playlist!
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