Kwame | don’t seem to know

Luckily, I’m one of those bloggers who seems to have great music trailing in his wake. It follows me. In this case, Boston artist Kwame wrote me an e-mail, sending along news of an upcoming EP, hey, mr. dreamer., which he’s releasing on Dec. 5. Hopefully it contains more tracks like “don’t seem to know” on it, seemingly partly inspired by the ennui of a segment of “Alice In Wonderland”. It’s hard to really describe the vibe of this track. I suppose Kwame fits in there somewhere with Tom Krell (aka How To Dress Well) and that ambient, experimental side of R&B that’s emerged only in the last decade. It’s Kwame’s fascination with quietness and pathos that’s so impressive. It’s a kind of softness that finds its way into “don’t seem to know”, a track with a style perfectly fit to lyrics about somnambulism, finding purpose and searching for whatever it is out there — destiny. The combination of his gold-hued vocal overlapping and lyrical redolence is nothing short of masterful. There’s something august and holy about the song’s best part, something like a spiritual translucence: “My god, I’ve been up too long / Couldn’t be more tired / But I don’t feel like sleeping / Good lord, been dreaming since my birth / A hand is on my shoulder / It’s time for me to wake up to whatever this is.” Follow Kwame on facebook and listen to more of his music at soundcloud. Note: Lyrics are unofficial. — David D. Robbins Jr.

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