Whilst the tone of the album is downbeat in it’s lyrical content and musical timbres in places, we found ourselves uplifted by the honest and reflective nature of what Loyle Carner has to say on his solid debut album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’.
The laid back rhythms, occasional vinyl crackles, telephone line piano and expansive guitar sounds that wash around in the background provide a well balanced counterpoint to Carner’s conscious lyrical stream.
Just like Nice & Smooth said, sometimes he rhymes slow, sometimes he rhymes quick. Either way he does it, not with panache (there’s nothing showy about Carner’s style) but with command and confidence.
If you’re looking for a bucket to place it in, it’s got that 90s / early 2000s hip-hop feel. This label is backed up further by the presence of UK hip-hop royalty Jehst on ‘No Worries’. Other guests include Tom Misch, Rebel Kleff and Mum & Dad (genuinely credited on ‘Sun of Jean’).
If the musical world has any sense, this album will pave the way for Carner to share his musical musings on a wider stage. We hope that sense prevails. Take time to sit back, listen and reflect this weekend.