Review

ByLwansta gets searingly real about life, love and PTSD in his fresh SPIJØNGET Chapter II album

Bylwansta has no qualms in telling the world the story of his life. Every track is pivoted off searing, narrative lyricism which lays his heart and mind out on his sleeve for your perusal.

SPIJØNGET Chapter II is the secome EP installment of a three-part concept album. Where SPIJØNGET Chapter I navigated the universal strains of late nights with the homies and raw relationships, this time around he’s focusing on growth and the growing pains which come with it.

He takes on his conflicted relationship with his dual careers as a graphic designer and music artist in the fleshed-out, chiming tones of “HOW ’BOUT NOW” which features Lungelo Manzi. It’s about finding your feet in an industry that’s far from friendly.

“NIGHTCRAWLERZ” recounts, moment for moment, the night he was brutally mugged at gunpoint at Joburg’s Park Station with harrowing honesty – while “THE BIKE SONG” navigates dealing with the mental after-effects of the attack in his first international collaboration featuring German producer Robert Koch. A bike ride around Berlin can do wonders for the mind, apparently.

He closes things off with heartfelt ambience and a snappy, elastic beat in “OKAY, FINE” which tracks the grating experience of a long distance relationship. Put aside the polished production and masterfully balanced organic hip-hop slant, it’s Bylwansta’s frank narration of his experiences which really puts him on the map.