Shortly after TNGHT announced a hiatus in 2013, Lunice decided to "go dark for a few years" to "take the hype we'd built overtime and turn it into something more intimate and human." His long-awaited debut album, CCCLX, is the result. Lunice has said the LP was written with a specific performance in mind, which explains the tracks named after stage markers ("Curtain," "Intermission"). It veers away from the in-your-face horns of TNGHT in favour of flittery hi-hats like insect wings and spacious production with a dramatic, orchestral feel. "Distrust"'s breakdown, for example, has a balletic delicacy. There are tight snare rolls and timpani on the menacing, suspense-filled "Mazerati." Only on the grating piano line and choral synths of "CCCLX II (Intermission)" does the hip-hop opera theme go too far.
The vocal cuts on CCCLX make for the strongest material. The cast of MCs includes Speng, CJ Flemings, Denzel Curry, J.K. The Reaper and Le1f. Lunice also experiments with a singer, his Montréal schoolmate Syv De Blare. "Distrust," featuring Denzel Curry, J.K. The Reaper and Nell, shows Lunice's beatmaking at its best, with each rapper's flow constantly changing as the instrumental swings between near-stillness and hectic rhythms. Likewise, on "Drop Down," Lunice's bass stabs align nicely with Le1f's vocal stabs. With a few more tracks like these, the LP would have made for an even more dramatic return to the spotlight.