Mourning A BLKstar —
Cycle ... LP Don Giovanni, 2020. New Copy 2LP ...
A fantastic album from Mourning A BLKstar – even more powerful than their set dedicated to Eric Garner, and a batch of material that really gets at the righteous energy of this Cleveland combo! The group see themselves as part of the James Baldwin tradition of the artist bearing witness – and their genre-bending, gender non-confirming style really pushes forward the energy of underground soul music – as they worked together in an empty storefront in Cleveland to craft this beautiful cycle of songs initial sketches they all fleshed out together – in a mix of shifting vocal leads, heavy drums, dark guitar lines, and proud horn parts. Titles include "Sense Of An Ending", "Something JD Said", "Been Around", "Devil Get Behind Me", "Whom The Bell Tolls", "The Wants", "Deluze (Solange say rmx)", "So Young So", "The Box", and "4 Days". LP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous effort from Mourning A BLKstar – a group who may be on their way to being the voice of a generation – as they work with an unabashed sense of righteous politics, funk, and soul – all taken to a higher plane in the process of creation! Plenty of folks are message-oriented in recent years, but these guys go things one better by working with a form that's often as powerful as their message – music that finds its own structure around the lyrical needs of the tunes – which sometimes creates a deeper drama in the lyrics, sometimes imbues them with a richness of spirit that's beyond description! Mourning A BLKstar don't just throw in some politics to a funk track, or get a bit righteous on a rhyme – and instead, they seem ready to create a genre that's all their own – with tracks that include "Blk Musak", "Harlem River Drive OG", "Situations", "Sweet Oil", "Star", "Reckoning", and "Gang Desire". LP, Vinyl record album