Sonder Son
Brent Faiyaz


May 31, 2019

Brent Faiyaz’s ‘Sonder Son’ Album, a 90’s Style Classic for the Modern Times

Brent Faiyaz is a Maryland native, RnB singer, songwriter and producer whose nostalgic vocals and slow jam productions divorces his sound from the masses of our generation. No greenhorn to the music industry having launched his career in 2014, it’s apparent that his consistency proves worthwhile. The official release of his debut EP A.M. Paradox gained some traction but not quite enough. However, his feature on Goldlink's hit single "Crew" amassed him some warranted recognition and Sonder Son followed shortly thereafter. The album was recorded during a month-long stay in the Dominican Republic – time well spent. There’s something so classic about this body of work. If you love the sounds of Jon B., Carl Thomas, Craig David, Musiq Soulchild etc. then you’ll fall in love with the sounds of Brent Faiyaz. Some artists are apart of the times and some artists appear to be reincarnations of previous times. Brent Faiyaz could have easily stood his own in the 90’s RnB era against the aforementioned soul music legends. You can’t create a voice like this in the studio with all the right vocal additives and auto-tune fashions – you just have to have it. Faiyaz, with a voice like 90’s butter, brings forth a sound we haven’t heard in a decade and a half. Sonder Son laced with 12 ear-satisfying tracks amid production from fellow team members Atu and Dpat to name a few represents the definition of good soul music, good music period. The featureless compilation of controlled pleasing vocals, adept lyricism, diary-like cogitation and a genre blend of soul, blues and hip-hop, will inevitably be one of the greatest soul albums of our generation. Music is evolving in the right direction and Faiyaz spearheads the march.

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