Pineapple Poetry is the latest EP to be released by Petravita, a rapper, spoken word poet, songwriter and musician who is originally from Seattle in the USA, but who now resides in Stockholm in Sweden. His music combines together elements of rap, hip-hop, EDM, rock and pop to make something that sounds very unique at the moment, so I was very intrigued about the release of his new EP, Pineapple Poetry. Find out how I got on below…
By Jane Howkins
Pineapple Poetry consists of five songs, with Bugs being the first track. It’s a good opener, starting off with a dark synthwave rhythm/melody. It’s catchy and sounds mainstream in some parts, but there’s a dark atmosphere to the song (like with most of these tracks), which I loved. Bugs introduces us to Petravita’s intense rapping style – the lyrics are very impressive and the flow of the rapping sounds very natural.
Area Codes changes things up a little, starting off with a much slower melody and rhythm than the previous track. The tempo does build up a little more as the song progresses, but it sounds much mellower than Bugs, adding a nice change in pace to the EP. The lyrics are particularly on point, discussing some of the travelling experiences Petravita has gone through during his lifetime.
Next up is Covers, which again has more of a slow tempo to it. The lyrics are rather serious, discussing issues such as depression and mental health issues. It’s good to hear a rapper this talented talking about real issues, and I found myself listening intently to every word. It sounds very stripped-back but this only made me pay attention to the lyrics on Covers more.
Thought Casket is the penultimate song on Pineapple Poetry, containing perhaps some of the darkest lyrics on the EP (which is saying something, as most of the songs here have a pessimistic feel to them). Petravita addresses the coronavirus pandemic and the song really displays his spoken word talents.
The last song on the EP is Still, which has a slightly more upbeat feel to it, closing Pineapple Poetry off nicely. It definitely has more of a positive feel to it than most of the other songs on offer here, acting as a nice palate cleanser.
Overall, Pineapple Poetry is a fantastic EP and one that shows off Petravita’s skills off well. The music and lyrics have a particularly authentic feel to them and it’s great to hear a rapper singing about such real issues. The spoken word elements were very impressive and I would be intrigued to hear what Petravita comes up with next time around!