Helvetica – [Jelani Aryeh]

Avid listeners who have keep their ear to the ground will undoubtedly recognize the name Jelani Aryeh. The young dynamo made waves in early 2017 after the release of his seven-track project, Suburban Destinesia. Since then, Aryeh has been mastering his craft and fine-tuning parts of his artistic expression that have manifested themselves into his latest release, a nine-track EP entitled, Helvetica. Fans of Aryeh’s ability to merge hip-hop sensibilities with alternative production and orchestration are in for a treat when they sit down and listen to the sonic intimacy of his latest release.

The new project opens with the electronic orchestration of “Curls.” Reflecting on his identity as a black Filipino in America, Aryeh sets a firm precedent for the subject matter and production to be featured on the remainder of the EP. Seamlessly transitioning from the energetic bounce of “Earl Grey” to the heartfelt nostalgia of “Jetfuel,” Aryeh manages to touch on every aspect of his personal life. This utter transparency and willingness to be intimate with his audience not only is admirable but a genius decision when taking into account the grand yet reeled-in orchestration of the project. Helvetica is immersive, to say the least, attracting you with its dream-like shimmer then quickly educating you on the trials and tribulations held by the San Diego native. Whether spellbound by the electrically charged keys of “Solana Moonlite” or hypnotizing synths of “Gloss,” Aryeh finds time to address it all. The biggest takeaway from this 25-minute rollercoaster? Jelani Aryeh’s growth; as an artist and a person. The 19-year-old said the below about his latest EP,

“I feel like Helvetica is the font of the Millennium. It has this essence of familiarity and a currentness to it that I feel immediately resonates with whoever sees it, even if it’s just a quick glance that your subconscious registers. It does a great job of capturing the present and the future in a way. That’s also where I’d like to dwell forever, but I often find myself in the past, or ‘hell’ as I sometimes think of it.”

Listen to Helvetica by Jelani Aryeh below and make sure to show him your support by following him on Twitter and Instagram.