Gothenburg’s Joel Wästberg, AKA sir Was, delivers a debut album that supposedly takes its cues from D’Angelo, My Bloody Valentine, Liturgy and even Sly. Playing every instrument on the record (but for the bagpipe and harmonica), sir Was’ introspective debut arrives via alt mainstays City Slang, heralded by the rough yet mellow soul of lead single “In The Midst”.
7/10 Joe Customer review, 4th January 2018
Oh my! Was quite surprised to see that this album remains unreviewed on the mighty Norman Records - I only discovered it during the later parts of 2017, however it came to become one of my favourites of the year. sir Was, whilst annoyingly starting with a lowercase s, brings hip-hop "bandy music" which for my folk was a general crowd pleaser, with a lot of the songs having a hook which made me tingle like no other album in this genre had done before. The only slight annoyance was that a few of the songs start with ridiculously long, sample based intros that really take you out of it all. Nonetheless, I will be spending the 500 NormanPoints that I get from this review to buy this LP physically.
Favourites: In the Midst, Bomping, Revoke
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