Review: Abhi the Nomad – Marbled
"The cohesiveness of this album, combined with the individual personalities of each song truly allows one to be appreciative of music as an art form and, more casually, an enhancement of our daily lives."
I’ve never been one to seek out new music (how did I get into this club?), however, I regularly mooch off friends’ playlists to expand my own music library. With this, I was excited when a friend told me Abhi the Nomad had released a new album – alas, a starting point for a new musical journey. More so, being familiar with Mama Bling and Sex n’ Drugs – both released as singles in 2017 but included on this album – made me particularly motivated to finally sit down and take an hour (well, 46 minutes to be exact) and listen to the album through and through.
The album’s namesake song, Marbled, is especially important to focus on when considering its intentions and messages. The album maintains jazzy synths throughout its entirety, constructing a laid-back atmosphere and giving way to isolationist feelings. Such facets are reflective of our society and the repercussions of what is assumed to be social media on our “real-life” relational interactions. Moreover, lyrics such as, “Look at the stars in the sky/And the man never cared/A pill and a half/And the hands in the air/What’s the plan going there?” represent the age-defining personal confusion and lack of purpose that is regularly experienced by young adults as they stereotypically seek meaning in their lives. This notion is further emphasized with the repetition of, “Still get lonely,” throughout the song even though the protagonist is really engaging in activities that should, in reality, alleviate such feelings.
The cohesiveness of this album, combined with the individual personalities of each song truly allows one to be appreciative of music as an art form and, more casually, an enhancement of our daily lives. Whether you’re lying on the oval, contemplating an existential crisis – or just looking for some moody music to complement working on that essay you have due in two hours, take the time to listen.