Healy, “Tungsten” (Braintrust/RCA)
“Don’t name it a comeback,” sings Memphis-based rapper and singer Healy on his second album. “I name it a second wind. Good to be again in my component.”
No matter it’s, it is welcome. This eclectic artist returns with simply over half-hour of latest music on “Tungsten.” With Ethan Healy — who goes by his final identify when performing — you will have hip-hop, indie rock and acoustic components all colliding in unpredictable and thrilling methods.
One tune may need a skittering drum line with drowsy vocals and one other may simply be Healy heartfully singing 12 computer-distorted phrases again and again in a tune snippet punctuated by his falsetto. There is a thrilling experimental edge to his music, like what Mac Miller appeared like on the finish.
Clocking in at a trim beneath three minutes is the very good “Nikes On,” a lament about how time is transferring quick. And “Again on the Fence” is a dreamy, helium-filled piano-led tune with Swedish artist Becky and the Birds.
Ambient sounds have at all times attracted Healy. Birds chirping, practice whistles and the jingling of automotive keys appeared on his first full-length album “Subluxe” in 2017, which gave us the very good “Unwind.” This time there’s water operating, planes flying and snippets of dialog.
“Tungsten” is a extra somber affair, with many of the songs trying backward and inward with unease. “Now look contained in the mirror and see my nemesis,” he sings on “Again in Time.” On the excellent “Second Wind,” he repeats, “Gotta get outta my thoughts.”
His good lyrics — he references each Brutus and Möbius strip — are delivered with dexterity. “If seeing’s believing, I feel I’m diluted/I imply dilated/I imply belated/Man, I didn’t proof this/I observe aloofness.”
He is likely to be aloof, however that does not imply you need to preserve your distance from Healy.
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