serpentwithfeet is Josiah Wise, a singer with experience in the classical, neo-soul and R&B worlds, plus The Haxan Cloak, the electronic producer. blisters is a short, five-song EP that puts Wise’s beautiful and theatrical voice in the midst of billowing and varied productions. Vinyl release on Tri Angle.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 18 May 2017
Blooming heckers like, this is dramatic. Serpentwithfeet marries soulful singing and an almost gospel intensity with off kilter production using harps and sweeping strings on the fairly nice title track opener. His voice is pretty incredible - an androgynous swoop somewhere between Anohni, Tunde Adebimpe and Justin Vernon. The Haxan Cloak is severely involved here, co-writing, producing and mixing and his eerie unusual style is all over this. It's hard work though. 'Four Ethers' is like a truly avant garde 'Trapped in the Closet' - intense vocal rambling over orchestral samples, 'Flickering' is simple piano and reverbed percussion allowing serpentwithfeet's voice to narrate at will - appearing from left, right and everywhere.
Very unique and it's very possible you could love this. Me, I keep thinking of if the Haxan Cloak produced 'Trapped in the Closet'.
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