v the contender
Trans Temporal Dream
Releasing 5/4 at 3:21am
Trans Temporal Dream is V The Contender's upcoming debut EP. The 5 Track HyperPunk-adjacent work, releasing on May 4th, follows the story of V's quest for identity in the city of Los Angeles, culminating in a Queer Anthem calling for the end of the practice of coming out. Each song, though varied in specific genre and production style, attempts to elicit an emotive response that is not found in the daily minutia of life under capitalism. Put simply, the songs urge you to search for the courage to reject the status quo. The EP is also a showcase for V's vocal versatility, featuring singing styles ranging from traditional rap, to contemporary pop-punk.
Off with Their Heads begins with a sample from Terrence McKenna, wherein the esteemed scientist and psychonaut proclaims that tomorrow belongs to the "revolutionaries", the "time travellers", and the "dreamers" - "FORWARD", McKenna elaborates, to a future called the "TRANS TEMPORAL DREAM". The song features pop-punk vocals, hyperpunk production, and lyrics that call for an end to the madness we refer to as daily life. This song was chosen as the introduction for the EP, as it clearly details V's stance on the status quo, setting the stage for the rest of the songs.
Track One: Off with Their Heads
Track Two: Angels
Angels offers a stark contrast to the previous track. This song is V's ode to Los Angeles, a city with a reputation for godlessness in which they found secret divinity. Underneath the Teal and Orange Color-Graded Sky, the song details how people here have hope for the future. Angels is produced in a pop-leaning manner, featuring both V's singing and fast-paced rapping. Though the song discusses the apocalypse, it also details that there is no better place to spend fire and brimstone than LA.
If the apocalypse were coming and we only had a day
Fireball Heartache is a call to action layered beneath a breakup song. The machine lures, and this song details V's personal experience attempting to break free of the system, but being drawn back in by fake pleasures and false idols. The song is produced in a hyperpunk style with matching vocals, and serves as a reminder for a cognizant self under a sedative-laced society. Fireball Heartache asks the listener if this is truly how they wish to spend their time on Earth, or if a better eternity can be imagined.
Track Three: Fireball Heartache
I’ve got a fireball heartache
Track Four: Cleaned My Room
Beginning with an old Beatle's interview about the bands experience with "LSD", Cleaned My Room pays omage to early-psychedelic rock, and features V's personal experiences through the metaphor of an acid trip. The production leans towards synth-rock, and the vocals offer a spoken-word style of rap interlaced with melodic singing. Cleaned My Room offers the urban legend of the military barrel of Acid (that supposedly supplies psychonauts to this very day) as a metaphor for love.
There is a tale of a military barrel of acid
The End (of Coming Out), and the end of the EP, marks the conclusion of an entire era of V's life. They have cast off the shell of their former self, and now embrace their identity as a trans-nonbinary person. Though the Quest detailed by this EP began with V coming out as queer, this song offers an Anthem for all those who don't see fit to stick with the status quo. The End (of Coming Out) offers the idea that the very practice of announcing queerness is one by and for a heteronormative system that can (and WILL) be destroyed. The song is produced in a hyperpop style, with pop-punk vocals and a spoken word call to action.
Track Five: The End (of Coming Out)
This is the end of coming out