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Loyle Carner announces new album Not Waving, But Drowning



Loyle Carner album Not Waving But Drowning

English rapper Loyle Carner announced that his latest studio album Not Waving, But Drowning would be released on Friday, 19 April 2019.

The album, a follow-up to his Yesterday’s Gone LP, is said to be a more personal look into the artist’s mind and an explorative look at the journey to get where he is today. Other prominent themes on this album include the subject of black consciousness and the loss of a loved one. The album’s title is derived from a poem written by Loyle’s grandfather, which was adapted from a poem by Stevie Smith.

Pre-released singles You Don’t Know, Loose Ends and Ottolenghi give us a look into what to expect from Not Waving, But Drowning. You Don’t Know is about having a more mature take on relationships, with Kiko Bun crooning over the song’s chorus and Rebel Kleff rapping side by side with Loyle.

Ottloenghi’s name is derived from chef Yotam Ottolenghi. This song contrasts the others with a mellow melody and more emotion-filled lyrics about Loyle’s cooking school for kids with ADHD.

Loose Ends is the most recent single off the album, released on 21 February 2019. This single features Jorja Smith’s crystalline vocals alongside Loyle’s gritty raps. It offers a look into Loyle’s adolescence and his longing for the support structure he has now.

The fifteen-track album comprises of other exciting features from Tom Misch on the song Angel, Sampha on Desoleil (Brilliant Corners) and Dear Ben featuring Jean Coyle Larner.

The album is available for pre-order on iTunes.

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