I’ve been on leave this past week from my 9-5 and knowing that I have to go back tomorrow has left me a little down and uninspired this weekend. Usually I would listen to a few of my favourite records to get me out of this rut, but yesterday I was in the mood to listen to something new.
Going through the feeds of my usual social networks, I kept noticing “Pictures on Silence”. The name itself intrigued me and I hit up the link. Coming from artist Atu, “Pictures on Silence” caught my attention from the opening track. It definitely provided that fresh feeling and outlook I was looking for.
“20-year-old Atu comes to us from Ann Arbor, Michigan courtesy of Sango. When we first heard Atu’s music, we were blown away with his clear 90’s r&b influences and diverse future sound. The Malawian producer delicately fuses bass and soul, adding his signature, elegant vocal sampling to the mix. He incorporates unique time signatures and plays nicely with the silence, consistently leaving you wanting more. Atu is poised today to deliver the sound of tomorrow through his progressive aural direction.”
With the record streaming through my ears in the background, I did a little digging on the interwebs to find out a little bit more about him. I stumbled across his website and clicked on Tracklist. The photos that accompany each track of the record provide me with the same notion and feeling that each track provides: I want to know more. I want to hear more. Feels like each picture has a story to tell.
Much like Ta-ku, Atu’s sampling and production is very much on point. I really love the lyrical content on each track. The verses/hooks he’s chosen to highlight on each track against the beats leaves me feeling captivated and caught up in it all. And as Soulection points out above, his influence of 90s RnB is quite evident, as we hear him chopping up verses and hooks from such artists as Alicia Keys, Boyz II Men, and Erykah Badu.
I was streaming “Pictures on Silence” for most of my yesterday, and needless to say, I quickly jumped on board and purchased it. Stream the record below, and if you like what you hear, spend a measly $5 for a record that’s better than good.
You know what’s even better? All proceeds will go toward EveryChild’s work in Malawi. This is one of those instances where you find out something about the artist that makes you like them even more – beyond the music. It’s always a heartwarming feeling to know that it’s not about the money for an artist.
This is one of those rare moments when you can feel good for two reasons: you gave back and you received something awesome in return. It’s a win-win situation.