The countless candles adorning an altar ignite with purple fire. A lush chord from an organ breathes life into every nook within the massive temple. An aroma of lavender wafts through the hallowed chamber. A choir of voices descend from on high. You climb the steps leading to the altar, elegant in its design. You kneel before an unknown idol, and speak words from a language unknown to you. Billowing smoke surrounds you, transporting you elsewhere . . .
“I don’t even know what is going on in Toronto right now, but I know that the music sounds like the city looks,” spoke Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio. It’s a statement indicative of the codeine-soaked sounds trickling down from the city in the north, a land where chilly instrumentation, sultry voices, and mopey mentalities reign. Enter Indigo, the newest full-length from singer/producer Tommy Paxton-Beesley as River Tiber.
Utilizing a wide-ranging assortment of equipment, including synths, Rhodes organ, violin, cello, trombone, tuba, and a plethora of both acoustic and digital percussive elements, Paxton-Beesley transports listeners to an otherworldly dimension inhabited by shadowy, off-kilter r&b. His hypnotic voice, laden with effects and dripping with emotion, guides the record with melodies as grandiose as haunted cathedrals.
Embodying the seductiveness of dvsn and the sensuality of How To Dress Well, although much more peculiar, Indigo rides the threshold between sweet-spot soul and exploratory electronic music. Having collaborated with BADBADNOTGOOD, Kaytranada, Freddie Gibbs, Mac Miller, and Pusha T, it’s safe to assume we’ll be seeing a lot more from this mastermind. If you’re seeking chilly, experimental r&b, this album is for you.
– stasi (@stasisphere)