"The Conversation" projects Netherlands' Cero Ismael's thought-provoking fusion of rap and R&B in a slick manner.
At just 19, Cero Ismael is spinning an impressive web of releases that reflect his adept storytelling and emotive musicianship.
"The Conversation" is his latest offering, and presents a mindful young adult who has found his fully-fledged sound.
The standalone piano intro is eerie and tender, gliding peacefully with the emotive R&B hook that showcases his ability to fuse genres faultlessly.
As Ismael begins to rap, it's apparent that his voice and precision with poignant reflections holds an intense amount of perspective and knowledge.
Speaking about the track, Ismael explains, "The song "The Conversation" is written from my perspective as to how the past year has been for me personally. The many difficult conversations I had to conduct with different people, whom I hold dearly made the basis of the song. Friends, parents and my ex-girlfriend. I had to face sudden changes within my life, where I had to deal with break-ups and heartbreaks. The song addresses my relationship with my friends and parents in the first part, where it transitions to my ex-girlfriend in the later part of the, where I had to deal with my first heartbreak as an adolescence."
The accompanying visuals directed by Youp Wehnes emphasises the steep climb Ismael has endured, and helps to guide the track through its sparse instrumentals to focus on Ismael's evocative words.