MUSIC REVIEW: Abisha – Project X

Ray A-J May 19, 2018

Project being the operative word here because this song is just unfinished.

“I HOPE I’m in your dreams, I hope you dream about me, like I do,” – I’m sorry but what kind of lyric is that? Abisha sings: “I hope you dream about me, like I do,” which in all honesty is just an atrocious grammatical travesty. So what – you want the subject of your song to dream about you in the way that you dream about yourself? I’m already infuriated by the lack of effort in these lyrics, and we’re only listening to the opening lines.
But let me reverse a little.

This atrocity we’re listening to is Project X by Abisha. I suppose it’s an attempt on a relaxed R&B chill out sort of track – but I’m not buying it’s credentials.

A course fake drum hammers its lethargic beats every so often, to wake up the sleepy vocalist, as the track begins. Lazy lashes of “oh yeah” and other words for when you can’t think of any lyrics to sing drift into the blanket of basic drivel, pulling with them a shy guitar note here and there. I feel sorry for the musicians on this track (if there are any at all). They must have been looking over at Abisha in the recording studio thinking: “I’m so bored, I’m only playing a couple of notes at the most. This is a waste of my talents.” And they’re not wrong.

Honestly, I’m having a hard time with this song. My job is to describe to you every essence of what these songs are, but how can I when there’s nothing going on in this one?

Of course I am being slightly harsh on this one. I understand a lot of effort, money, and time goes into creating a song and it’s by no means easy. But as a songwriter myself, I just can’t get my head around these types of songs that seem to break through the charts and riddle mainstream music. In my eyes I can only see them as lackluster and desperate for some sort of payout, without any real soul or connection present in the music itself. There’s no heartbreak or honesty in Project X, it’s just a haphazard slap dash combination of basic electronic drum loops (probably taken from a digital audio workstation), and dull generic lyricism.

If you want a decent song from Abisha (minus the awful lyrics here too), you’re better off listening to All that. It’s textually richer and parades about a mastery of reverb and production effects. The sound is far more impressive, and could actually pass as an interesting dance worthy track. Actually, if you want a decent song at all, you should really listen to something by Hayley Chillcott or Iako; they are far more accomplished writers and have a gorgeous spilling of soul in their music.
To even indulge in this Project X track is a waste of time.