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Review: Seth Sentry's 'Strange New Past'


Review: Seth Sentry's 'Strange New Past'

Zoe Walker

Seth Sentry gives his fans more than a glimpse into his soul with his coming-of-age sophomore album, ‘Strange New Past’. Seth hasn’t stepped up his game. He’s playing a whole new game and is absolutely killing it.

The 13-track album is wonderfully balanced as it weaves through dreamy songs such as ‘Run’ and more bass-heavy tracks like ‘Nobody Like Me.’ This bass/synth sound is fairly uncharacteristic of Seth but he laces the beats and his uncannily witty lyrics into a sound that has us nodding our heads.

More than a rapper, Seth is a storyteller and he addresses his listeners in a way that makes the album overwhelmingly emotional and introspective. Strange New Past firmly cements his stance as a world-class rapper.

The track ‘Nobody Like Me’ has a sound that is particularly reminiscent of rappers like Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Having said this, he still paves his own musical path, which probably leads to a pot of gold.

One of the most commendable features of the album is that it is comprised of hit after hit. Every single song stands out by itself and it’s difficult to pick a single favourite!

In the fourth track, ‘Dumb’, Seth compares his intelligence (or lack thereof) to the kids on Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? and is full of hilarious one-liners, such as:

“what was the crowd smokin’ to go download my whole album?”

“one time in Hawaii I jerked off with cheap shampoo, and my skin just peeled right off but keep that between me and you.”

“How come no one told me I was dumb?”

But if this album is anything to go by, Seth Sentry is certainly not dumb.

The album takes a dramatic turn with the ninth track, ‘Violin.’ Seth has described this song as the most difficult song he’s ever written and it’s no wonder why. With a melancholic choir, he details the dysfunctional relationship with his estranged father, saying,

“I’m tired of feeling terrible”

“…all the memories I have of getting slapped around in that apartment after you and mum divorced, you’ve got a lot to answer for.”

“…how about thanks for that depression I had?”

We’ve got so much respect for him for including this heart-breaking track on the album.

The next couple of tracks, ‘Pripyat (Part 1)’ and Pripyat (Part 2)’ are also rather haunting in that they act as a beautiful eulogy to the abandoned city of Pripyat, Ukraine. Part 1 seamlessly flows into Part 2 and transports listeners on a wistful journey.

The album finishes with the track, ‘Sorry’, which is essentially an opportunity that Seth has taken to alleviate the weight of all the apologies he’s ever owed. He even apologises for writing the song, “I’m sorry for makin’ a whole song about saying sorry.”

In celebration of the new album, Seth has announced a gigantic 47-date tour across the country.

He’ll be landing in Adelaide for his show at HQ on July 31st.

Get yo tix before they sell out out from OZTIX.