London-based Ghanaian artist psykhi has released his latest single “Dry”, a lo-fi piece that showcases his unique mix of punk and rap sensibilities. The track is a powerful exploration of escapism through creativity, touching on the role of imagination in distancing oneself from frustration and planting seeds of dreams for the future. The song features poetic lyrics, fuzzed-out guitars, raw vocals, and an uplifting chorus, all with a punk attitude at its core.
While psykhi draws inspiration from his own life experiences, he is less interested in autobiography and more intrigued by the systems and patterns he sees around him. He grew up in Ghana, where he was exposed to gospel music in church and Highlife, the local genre that narrated the parties and funerals he attended. He also listened to Elton John and Nirvana on his grandpa’s radio. When he was 14, his family moved to Dagenham, England, where he became obsessed with Shakespeare and began writing music and lyrics. He later moved to London and found a community of like-minded individuals who shared his passion for creating genre-defying music.
“Dry” is a testament to psykhi’s ability to mix disparate sonic and lyrical references with flair and ease. The track is timeless yet undeniably fresh, showcasing his talent as a musician and his ability to tell a story through his music. Psykhi is an artist to watch, with a unique perspective and a sound that sets him apart from his peers.