- 06 Nov 20
'I Love You But I'm In A Bad... Mood' is the Zimbabwe-born Dubliner's first body of work since his 2019 RTÉ Choice Music Prize-nominated debut album 'Stride'.
Irish hip-hop sensation Jafaris has dropped an eagerly-awaited six-track EP with a unique blend of visuals and audio designed to take the listener on a journey through the mind of the artist.
I Love You But I'm In A Bad...Mood features powerful loneliness-themed tracks 'Glue', 'Frustrated' and lead single 'Haunted' alongside new songs 'Beggar', 'Mood' and 'Big Baby'.
Directed by long-term collaborator Nathan Barlow, videos for tracks such as ‘Glue’ and ‘Frustrated’ are effigies to the uncertainty and frustration that comes with the end of a romantic relationship.
Speaking about the break-up which led to the origins of ‘Glue’ in particular, Jafaris noted that it “represents the connection she and I have always shared and, to some degree, still share now”.
The project's striking lead single, ‘Haunted’, was inspired by a short Jim Carrey documentary I Needed Colour.
Jafaris' triple threat talents of acting, dancing and music are showcased through the medium of his creativity-soaked videos.
It visualises the idea that creativity can be found in anything you do, allowing you to get lost in yourself, which, in turn, helps you to re-discover who you are.
Director Nathan Barlow said of ‘Haunted’ that the visuals can be interpreted in numerous alternating ways.
“Everything that happens with the projector and the white room is all just in Jafaris’ head, seemingly. He’s in his day job, just painting walls, yet he can still find some sort of creative outlet through that”, he explains of the video’s plotline, before adding “it’s ambiguous as to whether that’s actually happening or not.”
The EP continues to showcase Jafaris' versatility, with thumping production, rhythmic complexity and the artist's renowned lyrical dexterity consistently at the forefront.
Speaking about the inspiration behind some of the EP’s tracks, which were written over a year ago, Jafaris says;
“This EP is my closure to the end of my first relationship. The songs are the pieces and emotions that remained.”
Steeped in dark imagery and based in a largely colourless world, ‘Frustrated’ and ‘Mood’ set the tone for the project through its examination of the depths of despair and confusion.
I Love You But I’m in a Bad...Mood marks another boundary-pushing project from the Diffusion Lab team.
"If you’re looking for someone to save you, make you feel better, special, loved. Start with the person you see upon reflection. You are allowed to be a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously."
Check out the brand new EP I Love You But I’m in a Bad...Mood below: