earl sweatshirt and the alchemist - voir dire
October 19th, 2023.
favorite tracks: vin skully, all the small things, mac duece, sirius blac, geb, free the ruler. i'm stopping myself from just writing the entire album.
this is basically just gonna be me gushing in abstract ways about how much i love this album. this album is so fucking insanely good. i've been listening to the tracklist that released first on gala, not a big fan of it being dropped as an nft for reasons i doubt i need to recap for anyone reading, but it is what it is. the content of this album is so good. i'm trying to find something else to say but that is genuinely just the only place my brain goes when i think of this record. it is so fucking good.
i also really enjoy the songs that released on streaming services, mancala has been on my rotation along with heat check, but the gala tracklist feels a bit more unified to me personally. songs like geb and all the small things feel so integral to my experience with the album and it's hard for me to have them be gone.
i genuinely think these r some of the best alchemist beats i've ever heard. every beat is incredible. they all gel together so perfectly, they have an air of nostalgia to them that i can already tell is gonna make them timeless. all the small things almost feels like if a late 80's coming of age movie was liquified and distilled into a perfectly concentrated 2 minute audio. mac duece has one of the craziest samples i've ever heard in a beat, my mouth was just agape for my entire first listen. sirius blac made me light up instantly when it came on for the first time because i instantly recognized it as an unreleased song earl played on tour. every single song on this album has such a distinct environment to it. they're all so unique but still unified by a feeling that i can only describe as regal. also as a sidenote, this album reminded me a lot of one of my favorite earl verses, his verse from robes by freddie gibbs and madlib. idk, random correlation to make, but that's just one of my favorite verses by earl and i was really happy that so much of this album reminded me of that one particular track.
what i love about this record is just how concise and weighty it is. it's so densely packed, everytime u run a track back u find something new to love about it. it's one of the purest definitions of quality over quantity that i've seen in a while. so many of the songs are so short, but they feel so much longer because of how easily it is to sink into the setting that's laid out in front of u. i genuinely don't know what else to say other than that this album has a crazy spiritual pressure lmao. something about it is just resonating with me so loudly and i don't even know how to begin to explain it better.