Meader explores the shadows on the late-night reflections of “Presque Vu”. The whole of the collection drapes itself in a dark beautiful cadence, with the atmosphere well-attuned to the nimbleness of his flow. A haunted presence seems to radiate throughout, with the trap beats and boom bap helping to punctuate the sheer power of his words. His flow is pure fire, and he displays an uncanny versatility, effortlessly bringing together old school and nu school hip-hop into a singular whole that is distinctly his own. Truly master of this weird woozy universe, Meader’s delivery has a chill, eerie quality to it, like rap as experienced in Twin Peaks.
Everything here has an intensely creepy gleam to it, for the production has a glowing edge to it. With surreal samples stretched out until their breaking point, he takes a little bit from MF Doom’s powerful style and attention to detail. For the actual spirit itself, those ghosts that seem to reside right at the very edge of the sound, he draws from the Caretaker’s cryptic style. His speed varies, at times going for the delicate nimble quality of Biggie Smalls, at other times letting the words rush by like Busta Rhymes’ chaos.
The EP starts on a high note with the atmospheric “Simon Says”. Visions are bountiful within the piece for this is a heavy track, one that really weighs on the mind. Quite an unhinged narrative, there is something nightmarish about how all these small phrases are warped and twisted. Tactile little melodies emerge on the melted toy box melody of “Subsequence”. His disses are a pure joy to see unfurl, as they land with stunning accuracy. Piano riffs add to the elegance of “Lil Sheff Diss” where he doubles-down with some barbs that truly hit hard. Even the beat has a menacing glare about it, framing the track up just perfectly.
“Loose-Leaf” goes for an ominous stride, as the piano chords and beats play off each other. By far the highlight of the EP “Mind Vault” messes with listener expectations completely. Absolutely gorgeous ambient chords work wonders with the economic groove that propels it forward. From the sound itself to his own delivery, there is an ebb and flow to the way it all builds up. Triumphant to its core is the fantastic finale of “Summit”.
“Presque Vu” proves Meader to possess a truly unique voice, one with narratives that linger in the mind long after the EP has ended.