The charged up vibe on opener "Groundwork" feels like a sonic baptism, setting the stage for the sermon that is to come. A track like "Think Like They Book Say" is best representative of the "genre be damned" approach, riding an urgent hip-hop beat with a chaotic soul-rock feel. The keys-driven "Horn Of The Clock-Bike" hits with urgency as he sings "Blue for the water / Red for the daughter." Warpaint's Emily Kokal lends vocals on "Burundi," an ominous, ambitious "question authority" number with strident lyrics like "I'm a hacker runnin' through your hard drive." "People share too much," he intones on "The Bear / Coltan as Cotton," speaking on the modern-day social media practice of oversharing despite having nothing to say. This theme is followed up with the "five million followers" chant on the anthemic "Roach Eggs."
Williams is a "master of space and time," to borrow a lyric from "Horn Of The Clock-Bike," a true revolutionary in a world that needs one but doesn't know it yet. The age of information hasn't revealed knowledge, Williams maintains, it's only provided more ways to conceal it; MartyrLoserKing is a vibrant effort to shine a light with the hope that people go towards it. (Pirates Blend)