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Sooper Records

Released: 23.10.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sen Morimoto’s 2018 debut album was laconic jazz-rap replete with saxophone solos and droll couplets. On his sophomore release, the Chicagoan’s music has metamorphosed into something weightier – these are neon-lit cries from the heart, the boom-bap beats replaced by twinkling synths and harmonised singing.

It’s a jazzy bedroom pop album, and it’s often actually quite intoxicating; Morimoto’s arrangements are lush, like Gershwin composing for Ableton, and his singing voice light and expressive. The production is glitchy enough to keep things engaging, although the album is probably slightly overlong. The songwriting is simple, revolving around familiar youthful themes of sadness and heartbreak. That’s not a criticism, really: the weather’s getting colder, why not sink your teeth into this glittering slice of ennui?

 

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