EP Watch: Summer Walker – Clear

With a string of sold out shows in March across the US, Summer Walker looks to be starting off the year with a statement of intent. As the groundswell of new music from Atlanta builds a platform for new young hip hop artists, Summer Walker reminds us that her hometown is also the place that brought us RnB stalwarts like Usher, TLC, Monica and Ciara. It’s good company to keep. Walker doesn’t just tread where others have walked, she is on her own path. A signee with the Atlanta-based record label LVRN (Love Renaissance) that includes DRAM, Boogie and 6LACK – again, it’s good company to keep.   The opening track of this EP is a slow serenade with a simple guitar line, giving all the space to introduce the albums protagonist. Walker croons –   ‘And you think of roses and daisies And I think of passion and fire...

“wet leaf dance” – Hannah Kenyon Lair

i am the smell of rotting leaves and i am the moist soft ground beneath them. you are the joy in jumping and i, i am the rotting.   the sweet peace of falling asleep and forgetting this body rings with the wind like a chorus. will you tell me a story while i go?   you are the bright leaf’s dance as he falls from the tree and i am waking to watch the tree: yellower than the sun and much louder.   on mornings like these, i cannot distinguish between regret and gratitude. i think they must both swing wild in a banjo’s holler.   so i am missing wild brown hills and wild dogs and your voice. i am dreaming of sleepovers and of lives well built.   in these dreams, i meet friends in kindness and patience and i meet strangers with love.   in this...