A film about Northwest hip-hop from 2020
“So why are you hiding?” asks a disembodied voice at the opening of Escapism, an eight-track EP from Tacoma’s London Daé. It’s a question many of us struggle with these days, both being “stuck here” and trying to “escape to the depths of my mind.” London ruminates through rapping, singing, and spoken word against a backdrop of synthesizers and reverb. This is a low-key, contemplative album, filled with wide open, safe spaces, confronting all we planned and found derailed this year. Hopes, wishes, plans, fears… Escapism offers head-nod acknowledgment that things are no longer what they were.