Melbourne based collective Local To Local have premiered their second single ‘Energy’ ahead of its official release on Friday September 14.
Since their inception 12-months ago, the collective – consisting of LARKS, Anbar, Lotus & Kiid Koda and led and directed by DJ Marco – have created a mixtape, supported two international artists OVO & Cali Swag District and had each member perform solo shows at Electric Dreams in Club Co. Crown.
Now they are here and they are unveiling their debut mixtape ‘Day One’ – 12 solo tracks rich with crew-collaborations to present a collection of soul, R&B, club and trap music. With three solo tracks from each artist to be released one-by-one, week-by-week from Sep 7th all the way through to Nov 23rd, this mixtape is breaking all the rules – and we love it.
‘Energy’ is the first track to come from LARKS and is the perfect balance of brooding and remorseful flows with a touch of auto-tune.
On first listen, ‘Energy’ kind of gives off Denzel Curry and XXXtentacion vibes. It’s dark and moody – and the lyrics are more retrospective – but it does this without being too heavy.
With fluttering synths providing a perfect backdrop for a song where LARKS infuses melody and rap so seamlessly, it takes on the pain of a broken relationship and the regret of being the one to push away the person you care about:
The chorus draws you in; “Now all I need is to hear you lie, lie, just tell me you love me and say we alright,” before LARKS shatters your heart each time he launches into his rap:
“I’m not into getting close,
But with you I want the most,
If we throw it all away,
Then it’s just the way it goes”
Overall the track’s got a vibe that is energetically charged with life experience and emotion for the entire duration of the two and a half minute track.
“Energy is a track that came out so effortlessly, Ozone and I wrote, recorded and produced the track in one afternoon over the span of a couple of hours,” LARKS explains.
“It tells the story of falling for someone after pushing them away. I have been so busy and caught up in my work and music that I cut myself off from relationships, but in retrospect, I shouldn’t have with this one girl… typical I know.”
The hooks are strong on this track, and for an emerging rapper, LARKS has proved he has a knack for crafting earworm hooks. It’s a soft edged track that we can definitely get around.
Listen to ‘Energy’ below.