Balti Reviews: Yesterday's Gone by Loyle Carner
Earlier this week saw the release of Benjamin Coyle-Larner's debut album Yesterday's Gone, featuring collaborations with artists such as Jesht, Kwes and his close friend Tom Misch. As expected, Loyle's distinct, soulful, jazz-inspired sound, which is so much removed from your run of the mill commercialised rap, bleeds through throughout the album.
Unlike so many rap artists coming out of the London scene these days, Loyle has traded the heavy beats and commercialised themes, for melancholic melody interwoven with poignant stories. At 22 years old this young rapper addresses many heartbreaking issues that his older counter parts might have avoided, from the sudden death of his step father, to the use and abuse of drugs, and often the male struggle of adolescence. However Loyle is not a stranger to experimenting with sound or style, the album weaves from its jazz inflected dream world to rock inspired crescendo on tracks such as No CD, and his themes range from the machismo and macabre world of drug dealing in tracks like Stars and Shards, to the simple story of attempting to make pancakes for his imagined little sister in Florence. Regardless all his tracks somehow sound equally familiar, unapologetically honest. All in all, Loyle's debut album is a lesson in self-examination and understanding. Although the young artist reveals so much of his personality and family life through his tracks, he has an unusual yet fascinating ability to retain the mystique that gained him early recognition, and the open eyedness that offers him a bright future.
Loyle Carner starts his Yesterday's Gone tour on the 2nd of February in Workmans, Dublin. You can buy your tickets from Loyle's website: