When we first met Daud Aur Yahudy last year, he was a very different form of artist. Going by the name Daryl Yahudy, he was celebrating the release of his debut album, ‘Soulful Life Within’, a deft blend of acoustic soul, spoken word poetry, and contemporary RnB. It was an album of impressive quality and scale, but more singular vision, making it a far cry from the expansive and experimental release that we hear today.
While music might not have been Yahudy’s original mission in life, it became one of the most prominent forces in his development after some difficult and seldom revealed situations in his life. Now on the verge of becoming a household name, Yahudy is championing the release of his new EP, ‘Home Bound’, a prelude of sorts to his highly anticipated next album.
A six track release, the new EP was first revealed alongside it’s title track, a sweet, driven song about not only finding true love, but doing all you can to obtain it. It’s a song that caught the attention of several online music sites, earning praise for it’s combination of acoustic folk and vibrant pop, and it’s experimental pairing of rhythmic Calypso overtones with a deep-set religious theme. In essence, it’s a track that really captures the spirit of Yahudy’s new release.
Opening onto a glistening plain of rolling piano notes, ‘They Will Be Done’ brings the listener into the EP by creating a fragile, emotive atmosphere. It’s a gentle, melodic space that Yahudy fills with his vocals, bringing further emotion to the track with his near-falsetto reach in the chorus. There’s a sense of something more hidden within the track, but it’s not until ‘Sword Swinging’ that it full becomes apparent. A vaguely Blood Orange-esque overtone, ‘Swinging Swords’ and ‘Dance’ invite a heavier funk influence, turning the fragile emotion into a lifting, more euphoric sound that evolves with each track.
Turning full circle, ‘I Do’ and ‘Be Careful’ gradually lower the tempo again, returning to the evocative sounds that the EP began with. It’s well-crafted maneuver, one that brings a noticeable balance and flow to the EP, and one that lets the title track breath freely and leave it’s now familiar mark.
True to his word, Yahudy has certainly expanded his sound and his range of influences for the ‘Home Bound’ EP, and if his next album is set to be anywhere near as reflective and expansive, then we’re all in for a treat.
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