The Dark Knight is Back in Full Force on "Ways to Die"
Fresh off the release of his debut album, After Dark, Young XAV is striking the iron while it's hot with his new single, "Ways to Die."
In some ways, this track serves as a logical continuation of what made After Dark so great.
XAV is teetering on the edge of sanity on this track, as he is once again baring the brunt of the rockstar lifestyle he constantly finds himself enveloped in. His lyrics are introspective, dark and vivid in scope.
However, the difference now is that XAV sounds more convincing than ever driving home his narratives of reckless abandon.
XAV's delivery is more confident, his wordplay coming off as more poignant and witty. He is coming into his own more and more with each release.
The picture XAV paints on this track is a dangerous duality between stopping at nothing to chase your dreams and the dangerous consequences that can come with that. XAV sees dollar signs and will stop at nothing to cash in, even if it means succumbing to vice in the process.
The instrumental is intimidating as it is bleak in tone, possessing the same self-destructive vibe that XAV portrays in his lyrics. This makes for a very moody listen.
Whether this track marks the next chapter in the After Dark show remains to be seen. XAV does have a follow-up album in the works that he says he is taking his time on.
if "Ways to Die" is a teaser towards a new album, after all, it seems like the Dark Knight himself has something big in store.
"Ways to Die" is now streaming on all platforms.
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