POW Premiere: Chris Orrick’s “Out to Sea”

Today, we are debuting the title track for the Detroit MC's forthcoming album, out May 24th.
By    April 16, 2019

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It’s common knowledge that Max Bell‘s got the wave.

Where do you go when you’ve spent three albums dissecting decades of perceived failures, when no amount of self-deprecation rectifies the injustices of late capitalism? When you’ve spent your life gasping in the grip of depression and nearly drowned in torrents of bottom-shelf liquor, how do you learn to breathe again?

Detroit rapper Chris Orrick is still searching for the path, trying to find air and a balance. Out to Sea, his fourth solo album, will be released May 24th on indie rap paragon Mello Music Group. According to Orrick, Out to Sea is “dedicated to the damage done by the 2016 United States Presidential Election, social media, and the 24-hour news cycle.” Another exercise in introspection as much as it is a scathing indictment of the politically-divided dystopia we lament and mock, the album finds Orrick once again writing and rhyming with the vein-opening honesty and unrestrained emotion of the best poets.

Today, we’re premiering the video for the album’s titular single, “Out to Sea.” Over a deceptively breezy instrumental that’s equal parts boom-bap and bossa nova, Orrick charts the course that’s lead him to the present, weighing the coping mechanisms turned compass in emptied bottles and scribble-filled notebooks. In the video, he alone steers a boat towards open, sunlit waters, adrift and temporarily away from the personal and societal darkness clouding the shore. Or wherever there’s cell signal. Play it as you plot your escape.

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