Do you remember when there was music on TV? Sure, there are tasteful syncs in your favorite streaming drama and late night performances booked to pad out Jimmy Fallon's YouTube channel, but not that long ago seeing artists live on stage was a staple on screen; think of when MTV was about the M or Top Of The Pops was still a thing. Londoner Mrley remembers these days, too. His new video for "So Much To Say" is an homage to The Word, a cult British music show that played host to bands like Nirvana and Oasis back in the day.
That series refused to stick to conventions and neither does Mrley, prior to lockdown and quarantine times he was a rapper. Now, like a lot of people out there, he wants to make his frustrations heard in a clear and direct way so is making righteous punk music. "So Much To Say," like all of Mrley's music, retains the fast-paced delivery of his rap days but applies it to a harsher, more distorted sound. It's not a revelation to highlight the shared DNA between these types of music but rarely are both sides represented so clearly.
On the track Mrley told The FADER: “It’s special to me as it contributes to the progression of music. I managed to take a trap 808 completely out of context by using it in punk. It pays tribute to today’s rap music whilst even hinting at the 80s rock sound but somehow it remains punk.”
Love You London, Mrley's debut EP, will be released on October 15.