Johny Dar’s new single does not disappoint. Nor does it fail to surprise and transport the unsuspecting listener to another reality altogether. The third single to be released from the ‘Dardelica’ album, ‘Scars’ is a dramatic departure from the motivating powerhouse ‘Game On’ and the dreamy glide of ‘Be Free’.
‘Scars’ is something else.
Here we glimpse the vulnerable Johny Dar - a new and unexpected insight into the man whose untrammelled creativity has engendered unanimous respect across the entertainment industry, from Brazil to India, from Vogue to bloggers around the world.
‘Scars’ is about pain. And love. And the journey between the two. It’s gut wrenchingly raw - some lyrics childlike and innocent (‘You hurt me much’) and others imbued with hard-won wisdom born of experience (‘I’ve cried my seas, and ready to leave you pain’). It’s also a song about choice, and the decision to end suffering by facing and releasing the pain of the past, through the cathartic power of music.
Fundamentally, ‘Scars’ is an invocation to Love. ’Hold me Love’ is the resolve repeated throughout - three recurring words of stability that restore as they console, as the exposition of the song skilfully obliterates all defence mechanisms and masks, catapulting the listener into the depths of their own real emotion.
Sounds scary right? And yet it’s worth it. The redeeming quality of ‘Scars’ is the undeniable beauty of the instrumental that compels the journey, and Johny Dar’s extraordinary ‘alien-rap’ that guides it. Emerging from the depths of its sonic ocean we are disarmingly naked and vulnerable, but mysteriously renewed and somehow reborn. Humbled by the experience of how much pain love can hold. Euphoric that we have survived the storm. And inspired to discover just how strong we really are.
Never before have we heard Dar so tender or so powerful as in ‘Scars’, where his unprecedented vocal talent is fully revealed for the first time. His incomprehensible ‘alien-rap’ is the the guiding force of the track, that carries you further than you expected and gives you more than you imagined.
It has to be heard to be believed.