Although the song is set to a rather slow tempo, there’s a sense of urgency behind most every word that slips away from Christopher Watson’s lips in the new single and music video “Truth Is.” He’s chasing something in this track that isn’t necessarily defined by the words he’s rapping to us, nor the melodic poetry that finds quarter in the chorus. We’re lost in a sonic dream with Watson, but rather than trying to look around in hopes of figuring out what our surroundings are supposed to mean, we’re told to look inward in the name of retrospection and self-awareness.
I’m hesitant to call “Truth Is” musically woke because of the lack of social subtext within its lyricism, but at the same time it’s difficult to describe this composition without leaning on terms like R&B hybridity and atmospheric pop; both of which had clear and obvious intellectual influence over the way Watson penned this piece of music. This track is forever tethered to a new movement within the progressive hierarchy of songcraft in the American underground not because of the way it was stylized to sound, but instead because of the compositional wit and experimentalism it embodies in its hook alone.
Christopher Watson has been quietly building up an impeccable reputation for originality since 2018, and in this brooding follow-up to his debut album Time Changes, we’re introduced to yet another element of his personality that has immense potential to connect with listeners of all backgrounds and ages if given an appropriate platform from which to reach out. “Truth Is” is a fantastic song, but I think it’s only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what this man could really break off in a completely freeform situation. Only time will tell for sure, but I believe we’re going to see and hear some great content from him again soon.
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