Bright, organic, and unique; these are all words that could be used to describe illatheillastrator’s sound and aura. However, these words would not do him or his creations justice. Throughout every piece of music in which illethaillastrator graces, you can find that this Chicago based artist/producer radiates unique energy throughout every fiber of his work. As he rises through the ranks of the Chicago underground, we here at NRMLIZE have followed his rise very diligently. Entering the industry as a producer but then evolving into an artist, Illa has shown us here at NRMLIZE his tremendous talent and overall ability to create distinctive aesthetic through his music and production. So when we here at NRMLIZE got word that he dropped his newest project “SYNESTHESIA” we had to lend our ears because we knew that it would be magnificent, and we were not wrong.
Beginning with the intro “KONDUMO KHRISTIAN +INTRO+,” Illa shows his listeners two different attributes he has been working hard to develop: his sample usage and his ever-expanding vocal arsenal. This track transcends the standard capacity of today’s music and gives the listener a preview for what is in store for them on this ten-track project. Building momentum into the second track “HEAL+,” we find that this track holds a special message for the listeners. Illa uses this track to convey the message that even though we might have differences compared to him, that at the end of the day, he is still just “one of us.” This intensely personal message combined with his off-hand yet stunning lyrics and his signature production makes this track a perfect transition into the real body of this project. With the single “GARDENofEDEN” coming next and then “FASHION+,” which features production from fellow producer Cordot, Illatheillastrator keeps this project uptempo and showcases more of the work in which he has been working hard to curate and release to the world. With the majority of this project having songs under 2 minutes, Illa has made the stylistic decision to keep the momentum of this project high and solves the issue of listener retention with unique and organic tracks that keep coming one after another. The tracks “DMT,” “WIGGLES,” which features co-production from Chicago legend “imleftear,” and the outro “NITETIME +end+” all radiate an organic tone which improves with every listen. Throughout the duration of this ten-track project, Illa solidifies this himself as one of the most unique and groundbreaking artists of this generation. And with the release of "SYNESTHESIA," Illa tells us, the listener, that he is showcasing not only what he is capable of currently but is also giving us a look into what we can come to expect from him in the future.
No matter what aspect of this project you find yourself absorbing, there is a straightforward ideal that every listener can gather from this project; “Illatheillastrator is simply on another level.” From the unique/uncanny lyrics to the futuristic next-level production or Illa’s usage of his vocal range and techniques, this project will stand out no matter if you hear this project today or years into the future. "SYNTHESIA" will remain a bright star in the darkness of the repetitive trap cadences and radio curated music that clusters the industry today. We here at NRMLIZE believe that this project is impressive and that you should have in within your rotation for not only today but for whenever your playlist needs a hint of organic and naturally radiating soul.
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