Canadian artist R. Flex is blasting back into the scene with their new Once Upon a Flex. As the nostalgia of the '80s blends with the tender tones of R&B, we’re reminded that R. Flex has always been a true trailblazer of their time.
Offering two blissful tracks, Once Upon a Flex unfolds into unparalleled soundscapes and evocative narratives. In an ode to ambiguity, “The Fog” comes to life. Exploring the ability to push beyond heteronormative expectations, R. Flex shares, “I ended up turning that feeling of moral ambiguity into sexual ambiguity. I, in turn, made a song about my experiences having sex with men on the down-low. Meaning, I made a song about men who have sex with men, but don’t identify as gay to avoid coming out.” With realms of reverberation, “The Fog” soars with inspirational fables, as R. Flex’s truly melodious vocal energy rises atop a truly blissful backing.
“Hounds of Hell” follows, as R. Flex continues to inspire listeners to feel. Exploring the discourse of self-abandonment across the EP, this next offering consolidates Once Upon a Flex as a truly remarkable example of their experimentalism. They confide, “I expose the paradox of centering oneself in the midst of a social ill while dissociating at the same time.” In a kaleidoscope of pop, trap and R&B, “Hounds of Hell” offers a mellow pairing to its predecessor, yet one that brings the EP full circle. As they continue to consolidate their status as an emerging star, there’s no doubt that R. Flex’s passion for authenticity sets them apart.