This week in New Music: Millennial rap from Lil Yachty (above), London Grammar are drowned out on their glacial second album, and Sia‘s #EndHIV song hits emotional highs with a video starring Zoe Saldana.
Lil Yachty – Teenage Emotions
It’s understandable when you hear tracks like the 80s-referencing “Bring It Back” – sax solo and all – which you could genuinely imagine on the soundtrack for Top Gun 2.
“Bring It Back” isn’t actually a rap though and Teenage Emotions is as genre-busting as the brilliant Blood Orange.
Despite his refreshing millennial take, some listeners might be put off by Lil Yachty’s misogyny. A teetotaler, there are scant references to drink and drugs, there are boys kissing on the album cover, but bitches abound.
London Grammar – Truth Is A Beautiful Thing
Four years on and apparently exhausted from constant touring and bouts of stage fright, the trio return with the somewhat overcooked Truth Is A Beautiful Thing.
For the most part, the album can be described as glacial pop – think Sigur Ros meets Lorde. That approach in and of itself is not a bad thing but it runs out of steam pretty quickly. That and the identity crisis – “Big Picture” = 90s U2 – will leave many listeners cold which is a terrible shame as there are some genuinely excellent songs to be had. Strip this back to ten essential songs and release a non-deluxe edition in it’s place.
Sia – “Free Me”
The proceeds from Sia’s “Free Me” will go to benefit the #EndHiv campaign.
— #endHIV Campaign (@endhiv) June 9, 2017
A ballad with the levels of emotion you would expect from Sia, the song’s context is beautifully highlighted with a video starring Zoe Saldana and Julianne Moore.