Draw­ing you in with its smooth and sen­su­al vibe, KNOE returns with ‘Down,’ true to its title, a let­ter to the lost, a mes­sage to the listen­er and a purge of sad­ness.

Open­ing with a soft, beau­ti­ful and affect­ing tempo, ‘Down’ stemmed from a per­son­al remin­is­cence of a good friend of KNOE who sadly passed from acci­dent­al death.

A sharp con­trast to KNOE’s usu­ally vicious lyr­i­cism, the single is an intro­spect­ive ana­lys­is of the loneli­ness you feel when you’re drown­ing in your own thoughts. The rap­per goes on to say that his friend’s death brought mix emo­tions filled with regret, hope­less­ness and in the end an epi­phany.

 “The passing of people close to you, whilst bat­tling with my own dark thoughts pushed me in a place, that to me is beau­ti­ful, of hon­esty and real-self,”

 “I want people to feel pain and exper­i­ence hap­pi­ness — a con­fus­ing mix of emo­tions that I think truly embod­ies how one feels when they are down. I want my lyr­ics to make you think and the music to make you smile,”

Over a jazzy vibe, ener­gised by the elec­tric sax­o­phone and thump­ing sub­ase, KNOE bares an emo­tion­ally pure yet meta­phor­ic­ally strong song that safely car­ries the usu­al smooth­ness that we have grown to expect from the rap­per.

Fol­low­ing the release of his crit­ic­ally acclaimed EP ‘Reas­ons’ and a 13 show Aus­trali­an tour with hip hop roy­alty Drapht in late 2019, Perth rap­per KNOE is back with his first single of 2020. The single sets the tone of his upcom­ing EP ‘Bur­gundy Love’ which is set to drop in April. The EP will bring forth a state­ment of intent as KNOE breaks through as an artist who con­sist­ently etches his name on the wall of music fame.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.