In 2019, Texas rapper Chris Conde’s EP Conde Digital came out to rave reviews and opportunities galore. Then the pandemic hit, so the longtime San Antonian Conde packed up and moved to Austin and finished up his genre-bending album, Engulfed In The Marvelous Decay, out now on the renowned Fake Four label (Open Mike Eagle, Ceschi).
“The Summer of Our Discontent” is the pandemic lament we can all relate to and features Cheschi.
Conde is a former San Antonio Current journalist with an amazing story- they use their music to artfully and honestly chronicle their battles with homophobia, racism, addiction, a stiflingly strict religious upbringing and the horrors of the trump administration to tell a story of not just surviving, but thriving, all while being 100 percent authentic. And Conde walks the walk- they travel the U.S. speaking and performing for sober groups, having made the incredible transition from “homeless meth addict” to rapper/activist/music journalist/drag performer hell bent on achieving their goals.
Engulfed In The Marvelous Decay is a self-reflective, diverse and charismatic commentary on the bigotry of the Trump administration that pulls not just from rap, but also indie rock, electronic music, glitch, metal and punk. While Conde already stands out from the pack due to their unique and commanding presence, the talent is clearly there to complete the package.
Engulfed In The Marvelous Decay boldly displays a broad spectrum of moods and sounds from the soaring and redemptive “Mariposa” to the blistering nu-metal of “American Faggot” and “Cancel Culture Blues,” the pure radiant chill hop joy of “Okinawa” and the hypnotic, banjo-tinged atmospheric soulful experimentalism of “Leaves.”
The production team includes KDEATH of Moodie Black, Whatever Cecil and Lazerbeak (Lizzo, Doomtree). It’s all rounded out with cameos by Ceschi Ramos, Rodleen Getsic (best known for her vocals on “Knife Prty” by Deftones), Sammus and others. The ambitious Engulfed is a fiercely honest story of the challenges of navigating an often unjust world while battling addiction and the triumph of the feeling that comes from graduating to a place of self-acceptance and pride.
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