Maneuvering the perilous depths of heartbreak and ecstasy, SKIN TOWN's bewitching R&B pop stunner The Room approaches the elusive mysteries of desire and longing with directness and urgency.
Unabashedly romantic (and delightfully hedonistic), the LA-based outfit's modern R&B may sit alongside nicely with contemporary hitmakers like The-Dream or Mike Will Made It, but they align closer to the freakiness of Ginuwine and Silk juxtaposed against the feather-weight synth trails of new age.
There is a narcotic pull in Nick Turco’s (synth/keys man for Zola Jesus) lean, spacious productions that serves as the perfect foil for Grace Hall’s commandingly astonishing voice, which guides you throughout The Room, alternating between sinister sultriness and breathtaking sweetness.
The Room is out on Time No Place this November.
If smokey jams ‘Slidin’ and ‘Ride’ and the scintillating ‘Ice Crystal Palace’ are anything to go by, The Room could be the autumn/winter soundtrack — for the bedroom.
It’s almost too perfect of a scenario, but it helps that they’re both obviously talented; Turco’s synthscapes are huge and scene-stealing, while Hall’s husky voice strikes a glorious medium between Abel Tesfaye and Sade. Together, they’ve crafted a strong debut album that flirts with the hipster-R&B zeitgeist without giving itself away altogether. 7.4