Issues by Rylai: Review
Rylai teases his future debut album with the sophomore single, “Issues (Can you let go of me)”. The R&B newcomer cooked up an angsty, edgy, and smokey comeback with influences from contemporary R&B hits. “Issues” states a common situation where adolescents are stuck in a toxic relationship, with great expectations meeting great disappointments. Teenage angst is becoming a cult in the independent music industry attributed to its relatable lyrics, approachable arrangements, and melancholic vibe throughout. Having been a teenager himself, Rylai has all the taste of young adulthood in his artistry. Followed by comprehensible lyrics, the track acquires a commendable hook and a tried-and-true R&B structure.
“If you love me, can you let go of me?
As before you left me sinking slowly
And it’s over, whatchu trying to prove?
Things happened, can’t be changed by you
If you love me, will you please let me be?”
The thematic element is there, but there is no further explicit elaboration of the relationship, making the track more comprehensible and more imaginative. We can definitely hear a Summer Walker, Anderson. Paak inspiration in the track, but Rylai has his own taste in understanding young adulthood with care. This is deemed as a good start for a young newcomer like Rylai to grow with different sound experimentation and vocal arrangement in the very near future.
Rylai – Issues (Can you let go of me) is now available on streaming platforms, including YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music.
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Review by: Maxime Cronenberg