Your Choice Way

Yaya Bey - The Things I Can’t Take With Me EP Music Album Reviews

Yaya Bey - The Things I Can’t Take With Me EP Music Album Reviews
On a stopgap EP between album projects, the Brooklyn R&B musician sloughs off emotional baggage from a soured relationship.

Yaya Bey’s flow is poised and unhurried, a subdued technique she uses to analyze subjects both personal and political. On 2016’s The Many Alter-Egos of Trill’etta Brown and last year’s Madison Tapes, the Brooklyn multidisciplinary artist celebrated Black women and pushed for systemic revolution in guitar-laced R&B and neo-soul. Her new EP, The Things I Can’t Take With Me, is a soothing interlude meant to fill the gap between albums; it doubles as her first release under the recently revived hip-hop label Big Dada. Brooding and assured in equal measure, Bey sloughs off emotional baggage from a soured relationship.

Bey co-produced the six-song set with Madison Tapes collaborator o’captaiin. Together, they forge The Things I Can’t Take With Me with similar crackling surface noise and acoustic accompaniment. The spare approach suits Bey’s intimate lyrics, which dissect the ways that dealing with a shitty ex opened up revelations about her own past. “Surely surely I’m my mama’s child/’Cause surely surely I’m out here running wild,” she sings on the autobiographical “the root of a thing.” The song glows with plucked electric guitar and reverb, like she’s sharing confessions over a warm fire pit. Later, the wistful keys and trilling backing vocals on “we’ll skate soon” foreground some of her most cutting lines. “If it’s me or her/If you don’t feel you/We can’t do that shit for you,” she insists in singsong, finding common ground with the other woman before she follows it up with an exhale: “Damn.”

Bey mostly reaches for a sparse yet silky palette of moods. The two-part “industry love / a protection spell” is a carefully calibrated diorama for her free-flowing range, opening with a shuffling R&B beat and guitar chords as she cuts her ex down to size. “All that big dick and won’t bet on yourself/Your moral compass collapsed on itself,” she sings sweetly, having found a sense of self-assurance that gives way to the strummed, downtempo second half. “a protection spell” captures a mantra-like vision of moving on. “No weapon formed against me/Not even you, baby,” she sings, voice curling around the words “weapon” and “you.” The subtle emphasis links the subjects together in a pointed, honeyed harmony.

The Things I Can’t Take With Me may be slight, but Bey doesn’t need long to make a memorable impact. Where Madison Tapes hopscotched between improvisatory sounds and clips of recorded conversations, the songs here largely swirl together as a way for her to focus on lyrics about personal growth. On the fuzzy “september 13th,” Bey’s close-mic’d vocals lay out her intentions: “When I get out this hole that you dug for me/I’ma have a brand-new shiny new love for me.” Bey is disposing of those who no longer serve her, offering up soulful, empathetic music as an outlet for others to follow suit.
Share on Google Plus

About Wanni Arachchige Udara Madusanka Perera

Hey, I'm Perera! I will try to give you technology reviews(mobile,gadgets,smart watch & other technology things), Automobiles, News and entertainment for built up your knowledge.
Yaya Bey - The Things I Can’t Take With Me EP Music Album Reviews Yaya Bey - The Things I Can’t Take With Me EP Music Album Reviews Reviewed by Wanni Arachchige Udara Madusanka Perera on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Rating: 5

0 comments:

Post a Comment