Brittney Parks may be the one artist who can use the phrases “step inside my cottage” and “solely unhealthy bitches” in the identical verse. The multi-hyphenate alt-R&B musician — higher generally known as Sudan Archives, our September Artist of the Month — makes use of each of them effortlessly in “House Maker,” the opening monitor to her multifarious new album Pure Brown Promenade Queen. Without delay, she paints herself as each the trendy scorching lady and a timeless Aphrodite.
“House Maker” is a becoming mission assertion to Pure Brown Promenade Queen, a file that luxuriates in introversion, creature comforts, and the liberty allotted by the locations you are feeling most protected. “Don’t you are feeling at residence whenever you’re with me?” she repeats within the bridge. There’s a little bit of a come-hither wink to it, but in addition an edge. Somewhat than taking part in into the narrow-minded concept that domesticity is inherently anti-feminist, Parks appears to current the argument that, to many ladies, there are few issues extra empowering than an area to name one’s personal; someplace designated for safely dwelling, sleeping, cooking, dancing, singing, crying, and fucking as you please.
Parks isn’t the primary artist to place a paradigm-shifting spin on gender roles, however she’s probably the primary to take action in a approach that feels like Pure Brown Promenade Queen. A prolific violinist, Parks is essentially impressed by way of the instrument in music from Sudan, Ghana, and Japanese Europe. Earlier than Sudan Archives took off, she aspired to be an ethnomusicologist, specializing in out of date string devices.
Whereas Pure Brown Promenade Queen may be Parks’ most “pop”-forward file but, her background interprets right into a hyper-specific, singular really feel: “NBPQ (Topless)” is embellished with triumphant drums, whereas jazzy thrives add an additional magic to “TDLY (Homegrown Land)” and “Loyal (EDD).” One of many album’s greatest tracks is “Egocentric Soul,” the place Parks dissects the intricacies of carrying her hair pure; drenched in reverb, her chants are bolstered by hand claps and group backing vocals, evoking a heat sense of group.
However even when Parks tries on completely different hats, Pure Brown Promenade Queen nonetheless manages to really feel cohesive and real. A surprisingly abrasive bass rings within the mid-album focus “OMG BRITT,” a thumping, swaggering banger that sees Parks flaunt her rapping expertise. “‘Oh my God, Britt’/ They’re gonna have a match once they hear this shit,” she murmurs matter-of-factly, placing her distinctive spin on the cocksure hip-hop anthems earlier than her. In the meantime, songs like “Ciara” and “Freakalizer” really feel like hits forward of their time.
Bringing again its themes of residence, Pure Brown Promenade Queen‘s ultimate portion is by far its most intimate, delving explicitly into the completely different aspects of intercourse and the way it pertains to relationships. “The complete moon is driving me loopy,” she sings on “Freakalizer,” a shiny quantity that evokes the simultaneous eagerness and stress of a budding crush. Issues get extra severe on the slow-burner “Homesick “Beautiful & Boastful,” as she sings: “I haven’t been performing like me.” “Homesick,” on this sense, appears to reference a bodily location as a lot as an individual.
The album’s most NSFW moments are available in “Milk Me,” a barely whimsical, mid-tempo jam on which Parks rattles off her checklist of bed room calls for. Although she’s simply the most recent in a rising checklist of artists to sing in regards to the prioritization of feminine pleasure, it feels particularly poignant coming on the tail finish of an album that’s centered across the energy that comes from being in a single’s aspect.
Parks may be an introvert, however she’s something however docile — most significantly, Pure Brown Promenade Queen acts as proof that domesticity and energy aren’t mutually unique.
Important Tracks:“House Maker,” “OMG BRITT” and “Yellow Brick Street”
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