Homegrown Australian rap has exploded in recent years, and it’s no wonder considering the extraordinary pool of thriving artistic talent.
One of these is Lonely Bonobo, the emerging singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, rapper, and producer who’s just released a new track, Salvation. Lonely Bonobo grew up playing different instruments in bands, which has given him the ability to write, record and play all the parts on his records.
The new artist has produced an impressive rap-rock track whose observations and undiluted street energy make it a no-brainer for commercial and community radio and streaming playlists everywhere.
As Lonely Bonobo says about Salvation, ‘It really is about my time in public housing and hopefully, my message is that one day salvation will come for the little people of this world, hopefully, the world will become a fairer place, and start to remember the little people who society forgets, the small, the poor, the marginalised, the people who slip through the cracks and become invisible.
I believe one day the world will be fair and salvation will come’. Salvation examines a murky netherworld with vigour, clarity, and authenticity. A stomping, steadfast groove is the framework for Lonely Bonobo’s hard-hitting slice of everyday life: a revelation in true contemporary hip-hop slash rap-rock style.
Lonely Bonobo’s new track simmers with a pent-up force that finds its outlet in a sobering series of unflinching images and self-reflection and amid a landscape that is as vivid as it is provocative. Featuring a raging guitar riff, Salvation thunders along utilising Lonely Bonobo’s no-nonsense vocal delivery and unguarded attitude, all tied to a weighty rap fused rhythmic underpinning.
As Lonely Bonobo says of Salvation, ‘It was written mostly while scrubbing dishes for $10 an hour and living in public housing, writing the rap at work, to distract myself.’
Lonely Bonobo and his new release Salvation will undoubtedly prove to be worthy additions to the Australian hip-hop music scene.