Jordan Rakei WallflowerOn Wallflower, 25-year-old Jordan Rakei allows the hummingbird tremolo of his voice to radiate through some super sensitive arrangements. 

You can listen in hard and investigate the detailed, smooth-jazz kit rhythms (think Hiatus Kaiyote) or just let them patter over you, and piano chords take thoughtful steps as if they’re making their way over sunshower-shiny cobblestones. Subtle strings match poignant lyrics (“How can I find a reason to love you when I don’t love myself?” – Nerve) and Rakei’s vocal harmonies are frankly pretty astonishing – they have an early Fat Freddy’s feel, although are possibly even more tender than Dallas’s. Rakei’s vision is unhurried and luminous; this wallflower is blooming bright.

Wallflower is out now via Ninja Tuna/Inertia.

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