📚Loyle Carner's Not Waving But Drowning
Loyle Carner’s approach to his artistry is genuinely refreshing. Self- absorbency is a house rule and a well-established trope in modern hip hop,
however in Not Waving But Drowning Carner extends his mawkishness throughout and gives the listener a heart-warming listen.
Prevalent with open dialogue, melanotic arrangements and bare back instrumentation, the 15 track long LP provides a strong platform for Carner to excel in the emotional delivery of his lyricism.
Coming of the back of his Mercury Prize nominated debut Yesterday’s Gone, with it’s honest soulful and inspiring awe, the young British hip-hop artist had little to prove with only a mission to build, and boy did he do that.
Laced with inspiration from Stevie Smith’s 1957 poem Not Waving But Drowning, the LPs candid attitude to face personal problems and struggles... he addresses them in such a remarkable, extraordinary way any listener would only applaud Carner. Whilst pointing out standout track such as; Angel. Loose Ends and Krispy, Not Waving But Drowning is a strong candidate for its influence to be a a cultural staple.
With him crediting the poem for its words, Carner has only reflected the message on to current generations. Reassuring the importance to speak up.
Only two albums in, Carner still has a long way to go. But along with his music, his future is bright.