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Album Review: Milo, So The Flies Don’t Come

Rory Ferreira was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1992. Born to two high school drop-outs, Rory spent the majority of his upbringing moving from town to town around the U.S.A.

Nothing was ever permanent or set in stone; so Rory took to producing his own hip-hop music in his spare time. By the age of 16, he had adopted the alias of Milo and began to slowly release his work over the next few years.

Ferreira began to study Philosophy after high school, but soon after dropped out to pursue his music career.

His music addresses “angst and inconsistencies of the lived experience on a sardonic level”, according to Genius.

Ferreira is a Wisconsin native, a philosopher, and most famously, a rapper. Photo: Genius

So The Flies Don’t Come is Milo’s latest release from 2015. The album was very highly rated by Pitchfork and Rolling Stone upon its release.

I can’t remember how I stumbled across this masterpiece nearly two years ago, but I thank the heavens on a daily basis for blessing me with this work of art.

Usually I am rather picky when it comes to picking favourites. I don’t particularly enjoy listing my preferences such as albums in order and then spinning a long-winded explanation as to why they’re in their appropriate places.

But when it comes to So The Flies Don’t Come, there is no doubt in the world that it is the most beautiful collection of words I’ve discovered; all spread out into just ten tracks.

Milo speaks of his past, with his philosophical knowledge leaking into his poetry and mellow rap beats intertwined. His bold approaches to delicate topics such as racism and police shootings in America are effortlessly blended into the album, alongside alluring spoken word-like lyricism.

The album art for So The Flies Don’t Come. Photo: Milo – Bandcamp

My personal favourite song on this record would be An Encyclopedia. With its racial undertones and dark themes, Milo still manages to make the single sound slightly peppy and enjoyable to listen to.

The lyrics “What kind of burden could be worse than this? How can I carry all these dead people of colour?” outlines Rory’s distaste of existing within a society that cares very little about the unjustifiable murders of those of “minority” cultures, as he is of colour himself.

This album is probably one of the only thought provoking compilations of music I have heard, and I am beyond certain that I will never tire of it.

Claudia Cranch
Claudia is a young, budding journalist that can be found working at the NZ Radio Training School in Auckland.
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