roc marciano, the alchemist – the elephant man’s bones

I first heard this record while cycling uphill, one cheap bud dangling out of my earhole. I didn’t get it. No shit. I got home and put it on the speaker. There we go. From the top. An insidious fog descends when TEMB is allowed to immerse; the tracks appear in and out of the mist like passing, phantom strangers. Meanwhile, The Alchemist’s production inspires an obstinate curiosity. The piano samples lure the atmosphere into beautifully stylised, 1940s snapshots. Roc Marciano then enters the monochrome freeze frames with smooth, cynical bars. In 40 minutes, we transport through confession rooms, alley ways, and safehouses in a guileful tour de force. 

26/30

A favourite: ‘Bubble Bath’

The Elephant Man’s Bones is out now via ALC, Marci Enterprise, EMPIRE.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s