Timi Alexander, is a 23-year old Finnish man currently living in London who recently released a self-titled LP Timi Alexander. The album features electronic and contemporary sounding production. That was one thing that stuck out to me was the it didn’t feel like a production producers were doing ten years ago. It felt like an album that was made in 2017. There are some twists and turns along the way most of which I thought really worked.
Up first is “Intro” which is a voicemail that is so ultra serious like it was coming from a spy thriller movie. I’m not still not sure what point it served if any but I felt utter indifference. Things get moving with “Cold Leather.” I Immediately liked his vocals as well as the elements that surround them. The way he utilizes disparate elements is really impressive. Most of the song stays around the same energy but picks up towards the last minute with some fantastic guitar.
Up next is “Heartblood” which also contains a number of ear candy elements. The production can bear some comparison to James Blake and some points which has a similar smooth, dubstep vibe.
After another short voicemail or “Skit” Alexander launches into “The Ballad of a Keg Heart” which is a song that caught me off guard. The song revolves around piano and vocals. He shows off his natural voice and sounds good. Thankfully the song deviates from a normal ballad which I don’t think would have worked in the context of the album. He introduces white noise, heavy beats and more which start to fit into the earlier material on the album.
“Bonus” is a spacey, synthy hip-hop beat while “Baz” is a sound collage of samples and snippets. Alexander then explores avant garde minimalism with “Deadline.” The closer “Glide” contains falsetto vocals and jarring almost harsh percussion elements against soft and subtle pads. The track goes to silence before the finale of haunting dissonance.
Alexander gets an A for pushing boundaries and testing possibilities. It's something I always talk about and wish more artists would do. There were some particular moments where the singing didn't work as well but it was rare.
Overall, I would say this is a great album. I found it to be cohesive which is even a harder thing to do when you are working with a unique palette of sounds. Don’t pass this up.
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