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Erich Mrak – With You – Single Review 

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Mixing a lo-fi synth pop into hip hop, Erich Mrak has an intimately digital sound thanks to the production styles of collaborator Bento. The cutting synth notes, mixed with the subdued drum machine and softer background keys make for a great layered blend of sounds for Mrak to rap over. The Macklemore and Watsky-esque style that Mrak puts into his rapping feel much more earnest and genuine, making listeners feel almost like the special someone Mrak is talking to. The pain in the love that Mrak sings about is all too clear as he flip flops on his feelings within the same sentence.

Moving from detached to attached, and then in love to hurt but in need, it tells a story all too familiar of loves that burn out suddenly after being all too strong in the first place. The suddenly bursting synth in the last half of the song takes the sound further before the dynamic drop that kicks off the last chorus. Hopefully the continued set of releases from Mrak means we’ll be getting a longer releases sometime in the near future.