Photo by Ash Kingston.

Secretly Canadian / Tri Angle – June 8th

For fans of the dark, dramatic electronics of Arca, and the swooning R&B vocals of Frank Ocean, soil is an amalgamation of all the above. A classically trained musician who merges R&B, gospel, performance art and experimental electronica, Josiah Wise, aka serpentwithfeet, startles on his debut album. soil is a challenging listen in its jarring layers, dissonant organ melodies and fuzzy, thudding percussion, but Wise’s beautiful falsetto and the dizzying choral harmonies retain a sense of romance amidst the pain. An ode to love, an ode to the loss of love, and an ode to trying to make love work, soil sees serpentwithfeet unfolding, revealing his most intimate and vulnerable self for the world to see.

Buy: serpentwithfeet – soil