His tracks start with a simple idea — a guitar phrase, a piano chord – and the lyrics serve as the scaffolding, holding up what he’s built. A hazy confidence permeates his ebb and flow, injecting his production choices with tenacious storytelling. Take “crutch” and “my way,” two opposites of the same storytelling coin. The former features warbling piano and seesawing vocal production as a backdrop to blunt relationship woes. The latter is the aftermath—where that pain takes a backseat to passion. guccihighwaters’ delivery has the posture of someone transformed by their own ambition, with twinkling keyboards matching this shift in perspective. Yet, both heartbreak and the hustle are experienced with the confusion that comes with getting older. “these days” blends these two moods – the mournful and the massive – heightening the drama beyond any growing pains.