Article by Max Rothstein
Sarob isn’t like your typical MC. The Denison University product, works full time in Ohio politics, where he claims most of his inspiration draws from. Yet, ‘Seeing in the Dark’ seemed more inspired by the Oscar award winning film, ‘Moonlight.’ It focused more on a theme of coming into your own as an adult. He explained in a press email, “things aren’t really what they seem. It’s threaded through different topics; for example, love, race relations, the music industry and adulthood. “And in realizing that things aren’t what they seem, I get a clearer sense of who I really am and what the world really is.” The result is a powerful six part collection of honest and poetic verses that are truly captivating.
The minimalist “Intro” was thoughtful, including just a simple piano, an 808, and subtle violins intricately layered over the altering texture. In order to keep the two minute introduction interesting, something slightly changed every four bars-- whether it be the drum pattern, or the entrance of a new instrument.
“White Moon,” may be my favorite track on the project. Sarob’s silky voice rode the beat beautifully, implementing careful enunciation only on certain phrases, further developing his texture. His verses are poetic and remind me of a younger Common.
The first half of the next track, “Bullseye/Relax,” is set to a techno-like beat, and unlike the other piano/rhodes based songs on the EP. It gives off an eerie, out-of-comfort vibe that pairs well with his breathy bars. Eventually, the music switches back to the urban Sunday morning rhodes the rest of the project is set to.
The final track, “Red Sun,” serves as a calming conclusion to the ideas expressed in the project. The piano from the beginning is revisited, yet slightly altered from the original progression.
‘Seeing in the Dark’ is a beautiful project depicting Sarob trying to not only figure out who he is as a person, but as an artist. Each song has its own unique characteristics, yet still tie together and flow gracefully. Sarob’s poetic and thoughtful verses left me excited for what’s to come in his prosperous career.