Not Waving, But Drowning by Loyle Carner

Not waving, But Drowning by Loyle Carner

Loyle Carner is a musician from South London mainly known for his rap/hip-hop creations. Carner began his career supporting a variety of different rappers leading to his first main gig, where he supported British-American rapper ‘MF Doom’. For those not sure of who MF Doom is, let’s just say, supporting him as your first proper gig is a big deal. He went on to support artists such as Joey Bada$$, Nas and many more before finally releasing his first album in 2017 called “Yesterday’s Gone”.

Firstly, you’re going to cry. So, accept that now and we can continue. This is one of the most beautiful bodies of art I have ever come across, it’s a very special album. Created through the pain of living. Created through the joy of being alive.

This album is storytelling at its finest. Much like a typical story, this album has multiple layers -from the lyrics to the various styles of sound that you hear throughout. The balance between rap, melody, spoken word and sound bites from real-life moments truly make this album special. The stories are already relatable and touching, the use of the soundbites in specific parts of a song brings you even closer to the sound and the story being told, in turn giving you more of a connection to the album.

Something else to mention is that I feel sometimes too many collaborations on an album can make it appear and sound ‘too much’ or slightly garish, this album shows it can be done with class and somewhat perfection. Each artist on this album adds something to the song they’re on, they add to the feel of it and make it more interesting.

This album will always be one of my favourites and I just hope you adore it as much as I do.

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