Canadian pop-punk rapper Hollow River has unleashed his version of a protest record, Quarantine Mixtape – a concept EP and video trilogy.
Balancing the fine line between personal and political themes, art quickly imitated life for the Boston- and Toronto-based artist.
“I was stuck in my apartment, still taking classes at Berklee, and needing to keep up with a pretty heavy load from my songwriting classes,” he recalls. “But all I could think about was the lockdown, and I couldn’t stop watching the news. I ended up writing about that for my classes just to get through some assignments, but my classmates and teachers encouraged me to see the project through to the end.
“This revisits those first days of quarantine and the feelings of helplessness and isolation many felt during that period. There were a number of times over the last few months I almost axed it altogether but, unfortunately, it’s now Fall and the coronavirus is more topical than ever…
“Wash your hands and wear a mask.”
At three tracks, Quarantine Mixtape lands as an experimental follow-up to this year’s previous release, “Known To Lie” — which received critical acclaim from Alan Cross and appeared on Ottawa’s Live 88.5.
Check it out below, and stay up to date with Hollow River via his socials.
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