Released on the oft brooding Black Acre label, Fantastic Mr. Fox's new EP bravely edges into romantic terrain, but does so within the melancholic shadow familiar to the label's repertoire. In order to deliver it, Fox, AKA Stephen Gomberg, has enlisted cohort and label mate Alby Daniels, whose voice lends some dusky warmth to the otherwise bright and bouncy soundscape. "Yesterdays Fall" begins with a smooth synth build into rain-soaked vocal hooks that breathe life into the mysterious subject matter. Daniels' smooth, sexy falsetto gets treated with Gomberg's playfully dubby stylings, the two creating a perfect contrast between light and dark.
Though the vocals on the EP captivate with gloomy elegance, "Speak Nuh," a track devoid of lyrics, is San'en's standout. On it, Gomberg demonstrates his penchant for textural layers with delicately constructed horns and hisses entangled in restrained percussion patterns. Veiled in the deep rumble of the bass and gleaming with the luster of all those horns, "Speak Nuh" captivates. Much like the entire EP, you're left not knowing whether to cry or bask in the sunshine.
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Tracklist: Fantastic Mr. Fox - San'en A1 Pascal's Chours feat. Alby Daniels
A2 Speak Nuh
B1 San'en feat. Alby Daniels
B2 Yesterdays Fall feat. Alby Daniels