fear of failure / scared of success – [shrimp]

Ever since hearing “this body means nothing to me,” I’ve been obsessed with the work of Atlanta native shrimp. Few artists have captured such a raw, emotive voice in the space that shrimp exists in, and even fewer have been able to craft work that ages as well as his. As a result, the 11-month gap between shrimp’s last two releases has been a long one, but nevertheless, well worth the wait, as ATL’s own returns to our pages today with some of his best work to date in the form of “fear of failure / scared of success.”

Nearly 3 and a half minutes in length, shrimp’s latest furthers the conversation around his songwriting abilities, using the title as a thesis statement for the song’s brash sonics and deeply personal lyricism. Throughout the first half of the release, shrimp essentially lets his heart loose atop a massively energetic wall of guitars, while during the second half, he offers an almost ethereal cool-down to end the song. The balance between the two is reflective of the connotation around the title, and ties shrimp’s latest together as one of my favorite releases of the past few months.

No one is doing it quite like shrimp, no one is aging as well as shrimp, and “fear of failure / scared of success” makes sure to prove it. Check this one out below and be sure to dive deeper into one of Atlanta’s best if you’re into his latest offering!