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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The Artist and their album name: Nao – For all We Know
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.
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!
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
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
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.