There’s an inherent bit of difficulty when attempting to shine a spotlight on that which cannot be seen. Anonymous artists, masked music crusaders, and no-info newcomers all deserve the recognition their forward-facing compatriots often more easily achieve with talent and a good team. Nevertheless, when the art is good the spotlight tends to rest easily above the products these faceless creatives send out into the universe. Today, we’re shedding light on mysterious experimental sing-song rap project, Mouthe.
NEST HQ has had the great privilege of premiering a few of Mouthe’s works over the past couple years; tracks like “Hallelujah,” “Knives,” “Danny Glover,” and their latest offering, an excessively trippy video called “Let The Boy Live.” Mouthe is more than just a music project, though. For their 2016 track “Trouble,” they created a game to encourage listeners to check the track, get involved with the project, and yes, “PUNCH HITLER. IN. THE. FACE.” What do music and Nazi assault have in common? Nothing, except for the fact that assaulting Nazis goes well with just about anything.
If you’ve never had the privilege of listening to Mouthe or seeing any of their work prior to reading this, allow me to be the first to welcome you to a new wave of half-rap, half-singing music with an incredibly trippy edge. Self-described as a “delusional cartoon beatwrangler,” Mouthe is the Wild West cowboy of electro-driven hip-hop. Their music is littered with references to obscurities even odder than the instrumentals they lay them on. Jagged beats with wildly panning verses and earworm hooks. Deeply-pitched vocals, flowing instrumentals that could make even Metro Boomin blush, and an intergalactic/DMT-driven creative direction all cement Mouthe as a project to keep a keen eye on.
While there is little known about who Mouthe is, there’s enough A/V to grab and keep your attention. They’re currently supported Schoolboy Q on his Blank Face Europe Tour, which gives us a hint that Mouthe COULD BE two people (deduced from the photos). If they keep it up, who knows what kind of collabs and opportunities they’ll have in the near future. 2018 is being hailed as a promising and much-needed follow-up to the travesty of 2016 and 2017. With Mouthe on top of their game, they’ll dominate the next 365 days and beyond.