mental anguish – [glaive] & [ericdoa]

If you’re at all familiar with the artists I regularly cover within my write-ups, then you already know that glaive and ericdoa are two talents that I simply can’t get enough of. Both of them bring something totally different to the table but work so incredibly well with one another, and it’s clear from their previous collaborations that they simply feed off of each other and make each other better.

All of their singles together are all-out hits without a doubt in anyone’s mind, and after they teased a collaborative project for quite some time, we were blessed with their EP then i’ll be happy which has been in constant rotation for me ever since. Despite the quick listen of these 8 songs that span just over 15 minutes long, they show off their dexterity going from some very emotional, introspective songs to records that are much more upbeat and poppy, ultimately adding up to a project that one of the strongest EPs I’ve heard all year.

Personally, I love the middle handful of tracks including “heather”, “Pretending”, and “physs”, but I can say with the utmost confidence that there isn’t a single miss, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise to any fans of theirs. I don’t see myself getting tired of this EP anytime soon, so when I discovered that they surprise dropped an Otto-directed music video for the project’s second song “mental anguish”, you know I couldn’t help but write about it. Although simplistic, this visual shows off two sides of their spectrum that combines with the EP’s cover art wonderfully.

Opening up with some dark, ominous scenes in a black-filled space, things rapidly change to a bright and sunny field where the two feed off of each other’s energy and recite their lines. These two juxtaposing scenes constantly rotate in and out throughout this video, and even though there aren’t many bells and whistles, it’s a visual you’re going to want to check out ASAP. If you still can’t get enough of this EP, make sure you see them on tour in a city near you whenever you can, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing them perform at their sold-out show next weekend alongside midwxst here in Chicago!