I was in D.C. this past weekend for a 3 day trip. While on this mini vacay, I managed to see Goldlink (who is a D.C. native) in concert on the Friday I arrived, in his hometown on his first headlining tour. I’ve seen him in Toronto earlier this year when he was touring with Little Dragon but I knew for a fact that this was a show I could not miss because I knew it would be stacked, hype and a helluva vibe ever since his single “Crew” popped off earlier this year skyrocketing his career into the general populace(and went both gold and platinum as well). Which brings me to Brent Faiyaz.
Faiyaz’s soulful vocals provides a hook so undeniably catchy that you can’t help but shimmy your shoulders to what is probably one of Summer 2017’s biggest hits. One third of the group Sonder, Faiyaz embarked on his solo journey quietly releasing an EP last year titled “A.M. Paradox. To follow up on his solo debut, Faiyaz recently dropped his latest project, “Sonder Son”. The album follows a nostalgic narrative, as Faiyaz recalls his highschool days and life before rising stardom. His soft vocals backed by beautifully crafted sounds of ensembled instruments, Faiyaz manages to create an R&B record that strays from the formula of mainstream radio hits.
Upon my first listen, I definitely felt some Miguel vibes although Faiyaz remains in a category of his own, creating a unique sound that separates him from Sonder. It is a great coming-of-age story that provides us a little insight into how the artist came to be. Increasingly becoming a household name thanks to the platinum success of “Crew”, Faiyaz is definitely an artist who can stand on his own.
If you haven’t already, check out his new album on Spotify and listen to Sonder as well if you aren’t familiar.
2017 has been nothing but soulful vibes for me and this was definitely a great addition to my playlist.