Monday, December 6th, 2021

Capella Grey – Gyalis

I’m guessing Tom Steyer did not participate in the associated TikTok dance challenge…


Nortey Dowuona: Absolutely perfect. Never thought I’d say that about a song created of the already classic “Vax That Thang Up,” but it happened!

Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: Doesn’t live up to its sample, but what could? Instead, Capella Grey uses Mannie Fresh’s imperial march as a creeping horror theme, replicating Ty Dolla $ign’s shtick from “Paranoid” in a more compact package. I’ve grown tired of these formless rap singles, but “Gyalis” is a skilled example of the style, its lack of coherent verse/hook distinction less a sign of aimlessness and more a stream-of-consciousness choice, worry and triumph all bundled in one compact package.

Michael Hong: Sounds exactly like someone who randomly starts singing their own narration.

Alfred Soto: It wasn’t him!

John S. Quinn-Puerta: A stream of consciousness trainwreck, its issues exemplified by the line “So I call her on the FaceTime”. It’s breaking an already unstable flow for what feels like a needless reference. It feels like lazy, thoughtless lyric writing, the kind of thing you cut on your first or second run through. But with the song struggling to find any rise and fall in its short runtime, it seems that every half-baked line counts. 

Ian Mathers: Someone send ArrDee some notes; this one 1. is at least charismatic 2. at least has some hooks that weren’t just awkwardly lumped in from a better song (the problem isn’t interpolations, the problem is shitty interpolations) 3. is also less than 3 minutes long but doesn’t feel like I’m slogging through it.

Edward Okulicz: Not an original idea to be found here, but then again, I’ve never had one myself, so I’m not going to gripe too hard. Sounding as if this might be the first and only draft of these words, and occasionally like the first time he’s heard of any of the words to begin with, Capella Grey is that most poisonous creature: a lazy and charismatic guy. Horrible if the welcome is overstayed, which it’s not here. 

Thomas Inskeep: He raps a little, he sings a little, he’s got a slightly reggae-ish flair, but I’m not sure we’d even be noticing if not for the “Back That Thang Up” sample. 

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