This Nepali-Canadian recording artist rose to fame after his hit track “Stunnin’ (ft. Harm Franklin),” blew up on Tik Tok. Curtis Waters has now just released his debut album titled Pity Party, a perfect name considering the loathsome words sung.
The LP captures Waters’ new age, sad-pop sound, with unique style and production unlike any other artists today. He doesn’t hold back his eccentricity and teenage angst, with weird lyrics and ideas.
“I’m freaking out / Need a new route / I’m the shame of the family / I’m full of doubts,” Waters spits on “Shoelaces,” the intro track. “From tying my shoes / To tying a noose / Too many choices / What should I choose.” Although some lines are clearly full of depressive energy, the boppy sounds lead to good feels nonetheless. Still though, there could be more intricate and versatile tones and tunes to make some tracks even more exciting and different.
While a few tracks off the album were previously released, there were still a good handful of new ones for fans to indulge in.
“She say that I’m toxic / Block me / Cause my feelings getting rocky / Coffin / Yeah I’m looking like a zombie / F**k your new dude / Yeah he shop at Ambercrombie,” the singer states on song “Toxic.”
Waters is super good at wordplay and using lines and scenarios that many young adults can relate to. Every track is full of melancholy words and bedroom vibes, perfect for depressed teens desperate for self-love.
“I hate the mall / I hate the public / I hate the sun / My eyes are burning / I hate my friends / I don’t deserve them / I hate their love / No, I’m not worthy,” Waters belts on the title track. “I tried, I tried / I can’t be what you want me to be.”Unfortunately, feeling like you aren’t good enough is an emotion that many have experienced, and Waters’ shows that you aren’t alone in the happening.
Waters is a genius when it comes to being fearless about what he talks about. On “System,” the musician discusses the messed-up world we live in, referencing things such as the corrupt police, discrimination, and the seemingly never-ending cycle of despair.
Ranging from sex to drugs to innocence and sadness, Waters does super well at creating a wide range of stories for listeners to hear. However, the sound is different from many, which can be both good and bad.
I believe that Pity Party is great for a first album and greatly displays the artist’s range of talent and intrigue compared to other alt-popstars. Of course though, there is still room for growth, something I look forward to seeing in this young, rising star.
While the LP will most likely appeal to young adults, anyone could enjoy Curtis Waters and should check out his work.
I would give this project 3.5 out of 5 Swoops.