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Review: “Ecstasy” - Darien Bernard

This independent artist should have people looking out for his next single. Darien Bernard uses his smooth voice and electronic elements to elevate his R&B sound. The vocalist describes a relationship feeling like being on ecstasy. He claims they seek each other to feel high and forget their problems. The singer acknowledges the toxicity of their cycle but feels powerless. This hopelessness leads each partner to seek a high that will never last.

The song has darker lyrics, but the upbeat and funky melody balances the single. A highlight of the track is the bridge. The bridge is similar to the chorus. Bernard sings about the high that comes while with their partner. Then there are layered vocals at the end of every positive about his partner that sing about the consequences. For example, the vocalist states, "Like highs off ecstasy (Come down is rough)". The lyrics illustrate how there are repercussions to the pair spending time together. Overall, Bernard expresses his melancholic feelings through music in a fun and fresh way.

Darien Bernard is from Austin, Texas. While releasing music in 2019, he signed to his college's record label. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for music. The artist finds inspiration from artists such as Ariana Grande and The Weeknd. Bernard released a six-track EP titled "King". Since his debut, the musician has released a series of singles. The first single he released in July 2021 after moving to Los Angeles is named "Ride".

Written By Stephanie Berning



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