Coming through the mind of multi-instrumentalist Skinny Pelembe is a sound dominant of soul and ethereal melody. Combining electronic tracks with live recordings and carefully hunted samples, the London based artist offers a multi-faceted experience on his upcoming EP Seven Year Curse. What we’re given is a delicate series of rhythms intertwined into this near cosmic blanket, playing with the borders of psychedelia and Afro-soul. Backed by Gilles Peterson’s Arts program for the development of unsigned artists, Skinny Pelembe will be releasing his debut EP next month, a collection of 5 tracks that exist on this surreal crossroad of genres.
On the released single “Should You Go”, SP puts together an incredibly upbeat yet mystical backing, sprinkled down with vocal samples and a textured harmony that comes through with an almost ghostly presence. The strongest element here is the guitar, crafting this beautiful lead rhythm that carries a ton of weight for how light and carefree it sounds. There are these moments where it shines beautifully admist a rush of sonic wave, pulsing along the notes and giving them life. The synths that are used in “Should You Go” are incorporated well and allow the guitar to shine which is where I feel the core of this track resides. This is an EP I’m not only excited about but anxious to see what is released in the future.
Seven Year Curse is due out 09/11 and is available for pre-order here.