Photo: Scott Dudelson
When an artist forgoes their stage name in favor of their real name, there is a perceived grand significance behind the act. For Corbin, the artist formerly known as Spooky Black, the significance behind the transition was explained as, "using my real name now cause Spooky Black is a dumb name." Despite a lack of any grandiose or clear artistic intention, the transition to Corbin undoubtedly signified an artistic maturation, as is clearly the case on Corbin's latest single "Mourn."
Everything about "Mourn" can be described as haunting. From the distant trembling production, the wispy engulfing wind effects, the bemoaning vocal style, to the lyrical content itself, there is an air of mourning meticulously infused throughout every aspect of the track. Considering the concept behind the album that the single is taken from, which also shares the same title as the single, Mourn, the haunting nature of the track makes perfect sense. Corbin's debut album Mourn follows a recluse convincing his lover to move into a bunker in the forest due to the "current state of affairs in the country," and Corbin has succeeded brilliantly in channeling and portraying this sense of paranoia, anxiety, fear, and eventual decay in "Mourn."
A large part of what makes "Mourn" so successful beyond its chilling lyrics and Corbin's vocal stylings, is the underlying production. Falling somewhere between dark electronica and downtempo, fellow WEDIDIT crew members Shlohmo and D33J provide an ominous soundscape for Corbin to wander around and lose himself in. The elements contained may be sparse, but the two producers leverage this as a strength to create an encapsulating sense of isolation and inevitable fall into disarray. The clear artistic vision displayed not only by Corbin but by Shlohmo and D33J as well, allows for "Mourn" inhabit a space that may be deemed as dark and uncomfortable but is an undeniably expressive and discerning response to the "current state of affairs."
Stream "Mourn" below and keep an eye out for Mourn due out September 5: