Brittney Parks is likely to 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 often called Sudan Archives, our September Artist of the Month — makes use of each of them effortlessly in “Dwelling Maker,” the opening monitor to her multifarious new album Pure Brown Promenade Queen. Directly, she paints herself as each the fashionable scorching lady and a timeless Aphrodite.
“Dwelling Maker” is a becoming mission assertion to Pure Brown Promenade Queen, a document that luxuriates in introversion, creature comforts, and the liberty allotted by the locations you’re feeling most secure. “Don’t you’re feeling at house once 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. Reasonably 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 possible the primary to take action in a approach that seems 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 Earlier than Sudan Archives took off, she aspired to be an ethnomusicologist, specializing in out of date string devices.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 is likely to be Parks’ most “pop”-forward document 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 finest 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 abilities. “‘Oh my God, Britt’/ They’re gonna have a match after 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 house, Pure Brown Promenade Queen‘s last portion is by far its most intimate, delving explicitly into the completely different sides of intercourse and the way it pertains to relationships. “The total moon is driving me loopy,” she sings on “Freakalizer,” a shiny quantity that evokes the simultaneous eagerness and pressure of a budding crush. Issues get extra severe on the slow-burner “Homesick “Attractive & Smug,” as she sings: “I haven’t been appearing 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 “Milk Me,” a barely whimsical, mid-tempo jam on which Parks rattles off her listing of bed room calls for. Although she’s simply the most recent in a rising listing 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 component.
Parks is likely to 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:“Dwelling Maker,” “OMG BRITT” and “Yellow Brick Street”
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