I’m Not Ok by Silas Armstrong: Review
Originally from Brixton, soulful musician Silas Armstrong’s track, “I’m Not Ok,” tells a strong narrative. The music is a blend of experimental instrumentation and indie rock. Armstrong’s ability to keep the rhythm and then drop in an upbeat melody on the listener is astounding, making this song a must-hear.
There’s a sense in Silas Armstrong’s music that he’s trying to convey and develop his ideas for a conversation with the listener. It has a very intimate, personal journal quality thanks to the melodic components brought to life by the synthesizers and roaring guitar riffs. The music is like swimming alone in the ocean for one minute and then being hit by a wave of insanity that sweeps you off your feet and carries you off to the song’s darkest depths. The music’s verses touch on vital themes related to mental health and deserve widespread exposure. It’s undeniable that the heat of each chorus action and Armstrong’s passionate voice offer a priceless glimpse into our inner demons and the necessity of confronting them.
Here’s a short glimpse into the mind-bending lyrics of the track –
“I know that it’s hard though my put on bravado deflects all the pain that I hide
The sun might be shining but inside I’m pining a hunger for old days gone by
It used to be cool when we skipped out of school to play FIFA and drink and get high
But it’s just not the same now, I don’t want the blame how, I long for this pain to subside”
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Photo credits: Cory Marsh, Melvyn Connell
Review by: Damien Reid