The Fun Rises, The Fun Sets
18 May 2015
This album is intimate, raw, and funky. It is the history of black American music filtered through modern technology. Full of African rhythms, blues, and funk, it also has contem- porary components often found in the music of St. Vincent, James Blake, Dev Hynes, and FKA Twigs.
“The Fun Rises” represents the gritty side of the album, and “The Fun Sets” is the softer side of things. Headroom and If I Wanna Dance With You, both heavy piano ballads, have a vocal urgency reminiscent of modern hip-hop and R&B, while the orchestrations are pure early 70‘s Philadelphia soul. There are also French For Cloud (cstbu), a pure funk and soul track, and Vega (stripes on), which features the jangly guitars from Howlin’ Wolf records and closes with a short rhyme reminiscent of early Rae Kwon (Wu Tang Klan).