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IVY RED - Single Review: Absent

05 Jun 2018 // A review by floorcat

Absent opens the darkest parts of IVY RED's mind, and definitely meets the intent of what he is attempting to portray with his music - emotional, deep and raw. There is no sugar coating in his music or the lyrics, making this a poignant track, which is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

While this song has a Post Malone vibe to it, it feels different to the majority of the mainstream RnB songs currently heard on the radio. IVY RED describes his music as "crystal grunge RnB", and that description fits Absent well. The melody of this song lends itself to an enigmatic tune with especially dark lyrics.

The lyrics show a lot of pain by asking "Would you love me if I died right now?" and hearing the response being, "She said she love me for the music and the cocaine". The raw emotions that Absent provokes will attract a like-minded audience.

Absent has relatable lyrics, and many people will feel a connection to IVY RED through this track. There's a certain amount of empathy and understanding displayed throughout the song, making the audience feel as though they are not alone, regardless of what their struggles may be.

Review written by Jenny Wan



IVY RED is an alternative R&B songwriter producer and performer. By opening up the darkest parts of his mind he lets you into IVY’s world, guiding you with a melancholic, gravelly vocal. He describes his sound as crystal grunge R&B.

IVY RED has been paving the way for a new era of R&B and Hip-Hop coming out of NZ. His music often makes the listener feel as though they’re being talked directly to, never shying away from his deep emotions to capture the raw purity of them and make the listener really FEEL them.

IVY RED’s music comes with a purpose to share, enlighten and fulfill troubled people, to remind people when they’re struggling that they’re not alone. This way of writing makes him shine in his performances, always leaving the audience in a deep trance of passion and emotion.

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