The blue-headed Texan wanders a desolate desert and an even deeper chasm of loneliness in a brilliant video that explores independence through heartbreak.
As an artist, A-Wall has progressed past the “one hit Tik Tok song” stage that loomed over his career, showcasing a talent for dreamy guitar rifts and upbeat pop grooves.
His previous single “Nightcrawler” featured a fun and lowkey instrumental with an aggressive sing-rap style layered on top.
“Solo” follows the same direction with sing rap verses over a layered beat.
The young artist continues his streak of releasing smooth, layered bedroom pop with “Solo” being no different with its depth in musicality and lyrical content.
The track has the same wonderful start to its finish, with a hypnotic guitar riff and synth progression setting up the track and indicating the end.
The drum loop that makes up the bulk can get a little lackluster but the guitar work takes the spotlight throughout the instrumental.
The chorus makes for the best part of the song through its deeply introspective lyrics tackling the aftermath of a breakup while looking toward an isolated future.
The verses that follow see A-Wall trying to pick himself in this mutilated state with every verse thematically seeing the singer progress more and more towards a better state of mind.
The elements of the track synchronize perfectly with the music video which sees the young performer wonder the desert, escaping a familiar figure.
The symbolism of the desert makes for the empty, spacious feeling of loneliness which matches the sentiment of the song.
The accompanying video sees A-Wall conflicting with a mirror of himself whom he spends the majority of the video evading only to come back where he first started.
The sentiment of the video demonstrates that no matter how hard you try, you just can’t run away from what you need to deal with.
Despite some aspects that could be better, “Solo” makes for the perfect post-heartbreak anthem for those in need of a pick me up.
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