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Sunday Album Review – Midnight Moonlight by Ravyn Lenae

I stumbled upon Ravyn Lenae while out shopping. Her multidimensional beats and dreamy voice were playing over the speakers, and I had to find out who she was. I was excited to find a recent EP, and decided immediately she had to be apart of Sunday Album Review. The young Chicago native has unlimited potential, and is sure to please even the most skeptical of music critics.

Review Criteria

The Artist and their album EP name: Ravyn Lenae – Midnight Moonlight

Heard of/listened to before? No and No

What I did while listening: Scrolled through Tumblr

Better suited for: This EP has an incredibly unique feel, like Nao meets Violents meets something else entirely. It’d be great for adding flavor to a long commute, but don’t think that you can’t also swing to the beats later in the day at an intimate party.

Top 3 Songs

1. Last Breath

2. Genesis

3. Thirst

Favorite Lyric:

“I’m only lonely/

when the night won’t hold me/

I long for a warning/

won’t you let me know”

from Unknown

Songs and musical artists this reminds me of:

Nao – Bad Blood

Tyneisha Kelly – I Wish You Loved Me

Kilo Kish – Frustrations + Solutions

Would I recommend it? Yes, but only if you’re into alternative R&B. If that’s not one of your favorite genres, this is not the EP for you. Regardless of your personal preferences however, Lenae is incredibly talented, which is something we should be able to agree on. The production is phenomenal, her voice has a soothing quality to it which contrasts with wavy, funky beats. She’s an up and comer, one that needs to be integrated into your playlists immediately.

Rating [10 being the best]: 8.0 out of 10 moonlight beams

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Sunday Album Review – Awake and Pretty Much Sober by Violents & Monica Martin

As I mentioned previously in my Most Anticipated Albums post, I can’t remember how I discovered the band Phox, but once I did they became one of my all time favorite bands. I saw them live in Brooklyn, and it low key changed my life. Just a little. I vlogged the whole experience, which you can watch here: An NYC Vlog. Once I found out the the lead singer, Monica Martin, who I am high key in love with, had another musical project, I knew it would be amazing.

Review Criteria

The Artists and their album name: Violents and Monica Martin – Awake and Pretty Much Sober

Heard of/listened to before? I’ve heard of and loved Monica Martin’s music, but this is my first time experiencing the talent and tunes of Violents.

What I did while listening: Folded laundry, clicked around on Pinterest

Better suited for: This album is suitable for a variety of things, as Monica Martin’s voice is incredibly soothing, but at the same time some of the back tracks contrast starkly with her calming singing, in the most beautiful way. Due to the raw, gritty nature of the lyrics, I’d recommend writing something your passionate about while listening to this.

Top 3 Songs

1. Equal Powers

2. Awake and Pretty Much Sober

3. Second Class

Favorite Lyric:

“A seed of doubt/

has grown into a tree/

tangled and over grown/

it towers over me”

from Spark

Songs and musical artists this reminds me of:

Phox – Espeon

Purity Ring – Dust Hymn

Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Pretty Thoughts

Would I recommend it? Most definitely. If you or have ever been a Phox fan, this is different from what you’re used to, but Monica Martin keeps her stunning personality in everything she does, making this a project you’re sure to love. Even if you’ve never listened to a Phox song in your life (which, what are you doing? You should) this album takes you on an emotional, musical trip. Get ready for the ride.

 

Rating [10 being the best]: 8.9 out of 10 “sobrieties”.

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Sunday Album Review – H.E.R. Volume 1 by H.E.R.

I know, I know, it’s been a while. I’m in the process of reformatting some things around here, so if things look wonky – that’s why. I’ll post an update a little later, but for now, let’s just acknowledge that I’m back. Without further ado, here’s this week’s Sunday Album Review.

I found H.E.R. while scrolling through Tumblr, which seems to be my way of discovering nearly everything. I really enjoyed her subtle R&B vibes as well as the tracks she chose to sample and add to her gorgeous voice, so I had to add her to the list of albums to be reviewed.

Review Criteria

The Artist and their album name: H.E.R. – H.E.R. Volume 1

Heard of/listened to before? No and No

What I did while listening: Not gunna lie y’all, I originally listened to this so long ago I can’t remember what I was doing. Right now I’m sipping some delectable tea, though, does that count?

Better suited for: Driving tunes.

Top 3 Songs

1. Pigment

2. Losing

3. Wait for it 

Favorite Lyric:

“I promise with you/

the butterflies in my stomach are active/

they’re dancing, I’m feeling static/

want to get closer, like magnets”

from Losing

Songs and musical artists this reminds me of/were sampled:

Floetry – Say Yes

Gabriel Garzón-Montano – Six Eight

Daniel Caesar ft. Kali Uchis – Get You

Would I recommend it? Yes, I enjoyed this album, and including how short it is. This isn’t an album you have to drag yourself through, the songs slow you down enough for your to appreciate the chill beats, and next thing you know you’ve got it on repeat.

Rating [10 being the best]: 8 out of 10 secret identities.

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Sunday Album Review – For All We Know by Nao

I found Nao while scrolling through Tumblr, which is obviously my go-to way to discover new artists. Her voice is unique in a way I can’t describe, and the music she creates is nothing short of an experience.

Review Criteria

The Artist and their album name: Nao – For all We Know

Heard of/listened to before? No and No

What I did while listening: Pinned on Pinterest

Better suited for: A chill evening; this would be a great album to play in an upbeat coffee shop as well.

Top 3 Songs

1. Girlfriend

2. Bad Blood

3. Blue Wine

Favorite Lyric:

“Glass empty or full/

Quench my thirsty tongue/

I’m drinking it/

Master of my school/

Break the rules until I’m making them”

From Inhale Exhale

Songs and musical artists this reminds me of:

LION BABE – Treat Me Like Fire (Snakehips Remix)

SZA – Warm Winds

Would I recommend it? Yes, definitely listen to the album in it’s entirety and in order, the little memos and short portions in between songs really enhance the overall experience the first time you listen. Then accept that “Girlfriend” is going to be your go-to song for at least a week. At least.

Rating [10 being the best]: 8.3 out of 10 voice memos.

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Sunday Album Review – 99¢ by Santigold

You know when you’ve got something you’ve meant to do, nothing urgent or pressing, but it keeps popping up in your life, undone? That’s how I feel about listening to Santigold, and a lot of albums, hence this blog column!

Review Criteria

The Artist and their album name: Santigold – 99¢

Heard of/listened to before? Yes, and kind of. I’ve heard bits and piece of her music, but never actively sat and listened.

What I did while listening: Updated my resume

Better suited for: This would be an awesome halloween party soundtrack

Top 3 Songs

1. Can’t Get Enough of Myself

2. Before the Fire

3. Chasing Shadows

Favorite Lyric:

“I had to swerve on little mama/

cause she out here with that llama/

Alpaca on my arm/

I’m stayin’ warm in any storm/

A super chef with the snow captain/

Out here, move it, make it happen”

From Who Be Lovin’ Me

Songs and musical artists this reminds me of:

M.I.A. – Paper Planes

Kelis – Scream

Phantogram – Black Out Days

Would I recommend it?

Hesitantly. I like this album, but it definitely has a sound and style that is too unique to pinpoint, which might not do it for some people. Give her music a try, especially her other albums. She has a cult following and there’s definitely a reason for it.

Rating [10 being the best]: This album gets 6.7 out of 10 Alpacas

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Pssst…. Did y’all listen to Frank Ocean’s new album? I want to hear what you think, leave a comment or tweet me @lefthvnded.

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Sunday Album Review – Sugar Symphony by Chloe x Halle

I had been meaning to listen to Chloe x Halle since they popped up in my feed, and the second I heard their music I knew I should’ve started listening earlier. Needless to say, I’m hooked.

Review Criteria

The Artist and their album EP name: Chloe x Halle – Sugar Symphony

Heard of/listened to before? No and no.

What I did while listening: Wrote some blog posts.

Better suited for: Each song has a completely different feeling, some could be great for a party while others would be great for relaxing and others for a different occasion.

Top 3 Songs

1. Drop

2. Fall

3. Thunder

Favorite Lyric:

“And all I want, is to be home/

Hit the gas, just be alone/

Turn off the world/

Dance with myself, like ballerinas”

From Red Lights.

Songs and musical artists this reminds me of:

Electric Lady – Janelle Monáe

Kelela – Rewind

Beyoncé – Pretty Hurts

Would I recommend it?

Yes. These incredibly talented young ladies are associated with Beyoncé, and I feel that I can definitely hear any influence she or those she works with had. Chloe and Halle are definitely up and coming, the beats are catchy but most of all their voices are intense and gorgeous in the best way possible. Expect a completely different experience with each track, as mentioned.

Rating [10 being the best]: This album gets 7.3 out of 10 lazy loves.

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