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Sækyi Digs Deep For VA On ‘Sunset Demo’s’ EP

Photo By Kadeem Morris

Sækyi is unlike many artists in the industry today. Today, Virginia-bred, Alternative Hip-Hop artist, Sækyi first began to make waves in Summer 2019. That year his “Speak Easy” single was featured in two of Spotify’s editorial playlists. Since then, the Ghanian-American rapper has dropped several loosies, including the romantic, audible-time capsule, “Girls,” and the cathartic, 808-thumping “Free Fall,” the latter of which serves as the lead single for his dynamic, new EP, Sunset Demo’s

Though he is no stranger to introspective rhymes on love, Sunset Demo’s has a much more distinctive approach. Now, Sækyi reflects on the highs and self-destructive lows of previous relationships. From the use of warm, immersive melodies on “Apt. 706” featuring singer Eric Penn to using low pitch vocal distortion for raw, moody records like “Kink,” where sticky punchlines conceal his insecurity, Sunset Demo’s is a personal yet remarkable introduction to Sækyi’s artistry. 

Sækyi On His New EP

“Sunset Demos is really me working through the stages of love or a relationship. With me pulling from my personal past experiences and piecing together this loose narrative. Every song is something I’ve felt, done, or thought of before. So this tape really is just a summary of my love life,”

– Sækyi

Despite the brevity of the 6-track body of work, the 15-minute-long EP is far from shallow in terms of content. Confiding in listeners on this intimate journey, Sækyi offers a cohesive collection of songs that’s just as ruminative as to the lyrics. “It’s so hard / To feel like you ain’t holding on anymore / Sunset was the only place for me/ I stood next to you so faithfully,” Sækyi croons in anguish on the guitar-driven “Sunset Blvd.”

Photo By Kadeem Morris

Effortlessly weaving both his vulnerability and confidence into a wide sonic range of instrumentation, Sækyi has arrived with Sunset Demo’s. If the EP is any indication of what’s to come, the VA native will likely be around for quite some time, and his growth will be as enthralling as well…a sunset itself. 

Check out the new EP below, and stay up-to-date with Saekyi’s upcoming releases by following him on Instagram, here.

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