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MURS - Melancholy Track Review

January 29, 2018

Let me just start off by saying I really like MURS. I really need to go check out some of his solo content, I've got a fair few of his songs in my library but most of them are him featuring on other Strange Music artist's songs. Okey Dog and PTSD are both dope as hell though, and God Bless Kanye West is a fantastic song. This song in particular though is my favourite song I've ever heard from him. The instrumentation is absolutely beautiful. I first found this song by watching the video, and I really loved how he set it up. 

 

The audience appears to be extremely skeptical at first. MURS has a really great introduction to the concept of the song by explaining how Melancholy is the central emotion of his life right now. This song really explores the feelings after going through depression and coming out on the other side of it all. There are no words to describe how relatable this song is to me. 

 

They say that happiness is a choice
Well, I guess they get to choose
Put all them so-called friends with they fake ass friends
Ain't never been in my shoes

 

Man. Those first two lines are so powerful. I've only heard a brief summary of what MURS has gone through, but it really shocked me. This is what he said about the song.

 

"From divorce to the death of my newborn son. “Melancholy” is the first step on A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable, my new album produced entirely by Michael “Seven” Summers.

 

I know it’s the holiday season and for those of you grieving, feeling alone or for whatever reason can’t quite get into the holiday spirit – this one’s for you. And for those of you that are in the holiday spirit consider this an early gift from Seven and myself."

 

Just reading the fact that he lost his newborn son is heartbreaking, and it adds so much context to the song. I already loved the song and thought it was a very powerful piece of art before I ever read this, but this just makes it even more special to me.

 

MURS, if you're reading this, I know that you don't know me, but you are an incredible artist, and you deserve to be loved, not just as a rapper, but as a person. Everything I've ever seen from you outside of music gives me a stronger impression with each piece of content I discover; that you are a wonderful and genuine person. I'm so sorry that you had such terrible things happen to you, but songs like this help so many people get through the tough times. My personal experiences are no where near as heartbreaking or terrible as yours, but I can really start to feel at ease knowing that I'm not alone, so thank you.

 

I doubt that he'll read that, but I still needed to say it. 

 

"I tell 'em leave me 'lone, I'm just in my zone
But some people can't take the hint"

 

My personal experiences were the exact opposite to this at times. I felt so cripplingly alone and miserable that I craved nothing but interaction and contact with my friends. I would end up taking any chance I could, but still never connecting, sitting in the corner, keeping a blank expression. I just felt nothing but Melancholy. I wasn't crying my eyes out, but I was far from happy. This song to me is just about feeling empty, weighed down and unmotivated. That's exactly how I felt for the longest time. I still feel that way to some extent. Despite that, there were definitely many times where I just wanted to be alone. The most personal part of this entire song for me arrives in the second verse.

 

Have you ever had the feeling like you don't wanna die
But like, wait, still not wanna be here
That fog roll in and them days get dark
And it start getting hard for you to see clear

 

Yes. That was all of 2016 and most of 2015 and 2017 for me. I just felt so terrible, I hated life so much, the only joy I found in life was from social interaction with my friends, but even that grew less and less special for me as I realised how much a lot of my friends valued me. I appreciated them far more than they appreciated me. It wasn't even their fault, I just expected too much of them. The problem with me, is that I get far too attached to my friends, I see a lot of them as family, so when they don't care, it's like a member of my family just walking out. 

 

With all of my personal stories aside, the part that I really find amazing about this song is the fact that it's so sonically beautiful, yet so honest and well-written. The most well constructed part of the song in my opinion is definitely the hook. 

 

I been walking down this road, eyes closed
Reaching for a future that I cannot hold
Blindfold, eyes closed
Reaching for a future that I cannot hold
And it takes a toll on my soul
Said it takes a toll on my soul
Walking down this road, eyes closed
Reaching for a future that I cannot hold
Don't mean to make you feel bad
Because you think that I'm sad
No need for you to feel sorry
Bro, I'm just melancholy
Don't mean to make you feel bad
Because you think that I'm sad
No need for you to feel sorry
Bro, I'm just melancholy

 

There isn't a single thing I'd change about this song, except for maybe having more of those lovely vocal samples that appear throughout the instrumental. But that has nothing to do with MURS. This is easily one of my favourite tracks that Seven has ever produced. I can't wait to hear MURS' full album when it drops, this really gives me some inspiration to go and write more music. This song is nothing short of beautiful. Needless to say, this is a 5/5. Go buy this song.

 

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