It pleases me, greatly that there so are many good electronic pop tracks floating about of late. My inbox hasn’t overflowed like it is at present, in a long time. This is brilliant, of course when gauging the current state of electro-pop in 2020. Not so much, with my attempts to keep up with the increased workload this brings. While endeavouring to do my best, in keeping the EQ readers informed, I am finally, caught up enough to be able to share my thoughts on “Devil I Know” by Allie X.
I am well aware I haven’t shown any support for the singers latest “Cape God” album project (arriving February, 21st.) Those who know my tastes in music well will probably have found it odd that I have remained tight-lipped. Especially, being that I have loved, everything Allie X has put out and being a champion of her music from the beginning. I have always felt the time would come when she would make an intentional move away from the safer styled pop efforts. To encompass growth in an experimental direction. (This, being something I have been looking forward to in fact.) Shamefully on my part, however much I’ve wanted too, I’ve been slow to feel these new vibes. I came close to flinging my support around “Regulars” although when vying for my attention it unforgivably wandered off elsewhere. Without question, the same fate wasn’t going to happen for “Devil I Know” as the track plays directly to my tastes and makes my music taste buds tingle, wildly.
I have always admired how Allie X addresses the mind. Dissecting traits of the human condition, analysing and ironing out some of the idiosyncrasies we possess. In this respect “Devil I Know” is a return to form giving me all that I have craved all along about being “X”. I also like a song that has a twist woven into it. When listening to the track it is simple to form the impression she is pouring scorn on someone who has wronged her. The truth, revealed by the singer, makes us understand otherwise.
“What the listener realises as the song goes on is that I am actually singing to myself as the perpetrator, inflicting all my, own suffering. “I could scream somebody help me out. But the wicked one is me.” This is a song about our own, inner demons. How difficult it is to quiet them and how easy it is to stay embraced in their arms.”
I am happy to have finally reconnected with Allie X through “Devil I Know.” I guess, in the same way, the singer herself has explained about waiting for the right moment to comfortably put these feelings into song. I needed to to do likewise. Take a step back so as to fully appreciate her new art.