I was binge watching Thug Notes on YouTube the other day and was intrigued by the book Beloved by Toni Morrison. So I did a quick search for Toni Morrison on the Google Play store (I have an Android device) and under the music section I saw a song called "Toni Morrison" by Akua Naru.
The cover art for the album was intriguing so I decided to listen to it. It is possibly the best thing to come out of my random Google searches. The neo-soul beats are comfort food and Akau Naru glides over the top with some of the best turns of phrases I have ever heard. I specifically want to touch on her song “Seraphim.”
"Seraphim" begins with Akua Naru rapping then fizzling into TV static. When she comes back the beat has changed into this unbelievably smooth summertime jam. The bass rocks, the drums are crisp, and the melody floats in and out on strings, keys, guitars, and vocals. It is the transitions from verse to chorus that are exceptional. The way the drum pattern changes and informs the move is super dope.
Akua Naru’s voice is special, her tone is how I imagine dusk sounds. Dark like burnt umber and rich in timbre. The way she flows through the song is fantastic. The imagery she uses is exceptional, when she describes how this love makes her feel like a third grader drawing hearts in a notebook is perfect. The real standout is Fetsum singing the hook. it is just other-worldy. He has this voice that makes me smile.
When it all comes together it makes this song that I could listen to for hours straight. It is a special song and one of several on the album. I highly recommend it.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)