The latest album from self-proclaimed social introvert DED STARK was released on December 8th, 2020. STARK STASH: VOLUME 1 is a self-produced collection of 10 well-conceived tracks blending elements of hip hop, rap, and R&B. DED STARK's vibe has been described as dark and melancholic. Subjects such as pain, isolation, and loneliness are explored throughout the record.
Tracks like "JADED," 'BACKWARDS," and "VAGABOND" highlight his indifference towards the world, while "333 AM" deals with insomnia and regret. On "LONER" he describes being alone for as long as he can remember.
You might think an album with such dark subject matter would be difficult to listen to, but that is not the case here. The electronic instrumentation and chilled out beats are actually quite relaxing and the vocals have a soothing effect. The songs are all around 2-3 minutes long with a good flow from track to track.
On "AWKWARD," the mood lightens up slightly as DED STARK describes life living as an outcast while staying true to himself.
"SYMBIOSIS" feels even more upbeat as "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins is referenced.
The fun continues with a disappearing act on "BRB," while "NORMIE" is about being proud of one's individuality.
Finale "RED DED," an apocalyptic track with an eastern vibe, left this listener hoping for a STARK STASH: VOLUME TWO.
STARK STASH: VOLUME ONE is streaming now on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, Youtube, and all major streaming platforms.