A synthy, hypnotic and club-ready masterpiece, Xebra’s ‘Goddess’ is the latest of his songs to receive a visual treatment. The track is just one of nine to appear on his latest project XION, available for streaming here.
‘Goddess’’ main draw is its enchanting vocal performance. Xebra has always been a slick R&B crooner, but on his latest batch of songs the Texas artist has seriously leveled up. There’s parallels to be drawn to other artists (The Weeknd is the most obvious influence), but the intoxicating nature of Xebra’s voice results in his music, and ‘Goddess’ in particular, taking on a uniquely dark and sexy sound. Where so many neo-R&B artists rely overly on atmosphere to carry their work, Xebra instead molds the nightmarish synth work around his fragmented, lovesick cries. There really are very few apt comparisons to be made when discussing the singer’s talent on the mic, as while he is often cloaked in effects the organic nature of his vocals always shines through in an inimitable way.
‘Goddess’ is a special song, and Xebra must have realised this as he’s had a visual created for it. Consisting largely of closeups of the singer’s face as he emotionally spills his guts, the video is shot with various different lighting setups that reflect his anguished mental state. When Xebra is shot in red he is seen smearing a dark substance (assumedly blood) on his face, adding a layer of mystery to the song that gives the track a more paranoid, noirish edge. The video, which can be viewed here, really is essential watching for those interested in further deciphering the singer’s shadow-shrouded music.
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– Chris (@108mics)