June 29, 2014

Eternia & MoSS "At Last" (Exclaim! June, 2010)


"The extensive journey from a supportive, yet vexingly restrictive, hometown scene to cutthroat hip-hop Mecca NYC has clearly paid artistic dividends for Toronto, ON natives Eternia and MoSS. Marking the first time either has worked so extensively with a single artist on record, the relationship felt on At Last is almost one of coach and fighter, with MoSS's raw, menacing beats playing the driving workout regimen that pushes Eternia's biting lyricism to unforeseen limits. The unrepentant wordsmith gets off to a characteristically ferocious start, but it's the record's midsection that holds her most memorable moments. Cuts like "Past That" and "The Half" find her dealing with issues of religion, distant half-siblings and a seemingly destructive father with unchecked realism, while eerie centerpiece "To The Future" matches a cycled series of sonic convulsions and desperation with verbal revelations that will have many mouths hitting the floor. Though the producer's ominous overtones remain fairly constant throughout, there's enough rhythmic and instrumental variety here - from  unsettled guitars to wailing keys and cinematic strings - to match the musical impact with the words they accompany." Listen to At Last below...



Continue reading below where Eternia talks with Exclaim about what she hopes listeners will take away from the project, and why "To The Future" is MoSS's favorite track. The artwork above was done exclusively for Exclaim! Magazine by talented Canadian artist, Andrew Mitchell.